Sikur has lifted the curtain on the Sikur One, a new Android 11 smartphone designed specifically for sensitive corporate and government operations. Organizations that issue Sikur One to their employees have the ability to determine what those employees can and cannot install on the device, and can even lock or wipe the device remotely if it gets lost or stolen.
The Sikur One is based on a Zero Trust security model, and is therefore designed to close security gaps that hackers have learned to exploit on commercial devices. In that regard, the Sikur One does not support USB file transfers, and pushes Sikur Messenger as its default communication platform. Sikur Messenger is used for voice and video calls in addition to messaging and file storage.
User data is stored in a private cloud, a fact that allows organizations to restore an employee’s data when that person switches to a new device. The Sikur One offers support for face and fingerprint recognition, while the Sikur ID utility can be used to generate a passwordless authentication token to accelerate the login process.
The phone’s various security features are designed to eliminate the threat of phishing and malware. All location services are disabled as the default setting, and the phone does not support any third-party app stores. Users do have access to the Google Play Store, though administrators can prevent employees from downloading certain kinds of apps.
The Sikur One was built in collaboration with Multilaser, a device manufacturer based in Brazil. The 4G phone is compatible with Europe’s latest GDPR regulations, and comes with a 6.5-inch screen, 128GB of storage, and WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities.
While the Sikur One is geared toward organizations that need a high level of security, the company will make the phone available to the general public for roughly $274. That price tag includes a one-year license for Sikur Messenger, though organizations will need to pay $145 a year for each user once that license has run out.