• Laurence Russell

Assac Networks and Gilat Telecom cooperate on ShieldiT - a satellite smartphone security solution

Assac Networks - a company specializing in cyber solutions for the complete protection of mobile devices for government agencies, defense and commercial organizations, which recently completed an investment round led by ASPIS Cyber Technologies, Inc., with ICARO as its marketing partner - has signed a cooperation agreement with Gilat Telecom's Government Division. The two companies will provide a complete protection solution for mobile devices, in all types of communication - satellite, Wi-Fi and cellular, in a new combined solution that adds a controlled layer of secure communication over existing infrastructure.

Military, security and strategic organizations are typically engaged in sensitive communications involving confidential data which must be protected. However, their personnel’s Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) smartphones rely on public and private networks that are easily hackable; they may be operating in an area where there is no GSM reception, or a risk of GSM jamming; or there may be low bandwidth or lack of data connection – all of which put critical communications with headquarters and other team-members at risk. In such cases, a redundant and available means of secure communication is required.


The new ShieldiT with satellite capability provides secure mobile communication in mission-critical activities that involve the exchange of sensitive, and confidential information - such as between government agencies and remote operations at strategic sites in rural areas - even where the only available communication is via satellite.


“Assac Networks’ ShieldiT is the only solution with a unified, managed anti-hacking and anti-tapping capability for Bring-Your-Own-Device smartphones, which fully integrates with existing voice and IT systems,” says Shimon Zigdon, CEO of Assac Networks. “ The company has decades of experience in providing smartphone security and mobile communication encryption solutions that are tailor made to meet the strictest security requirements and operational needs of any government agency or other strategically-important unit. With this new cooperation agreement with Gilat Telecom, we are proud to now enhance both companies' offerings and provide our customers with integrated, all-in-one smartphone security, with a unique satellite connection capability.”

"We are delighted with our collaboration with Assac Networks, which expands Gilat's offering,” says Ami Schneider, VP Government Solutions Division of Gilat Telecom. “As a company that has been operating in the security and homeland defense market for decades, we identified the need for full protection of mobile devices for satellite communications users, whether to support a mission, or in remote areas. This integrated solution addresses this need, and we have already seen a great deal of interest in it from our customers.”


ShieldiT works on BYOD smartphones, whether iOS and Android, and offers three layers of security: (a) threat management – robust and AI-powered, with a user-friendly dashboard; (b) anti-hacking – for detection and prevention of cyberattacks, data theft and malware; and (c) anti-tapping – point-to-point, military-grade voice and text message encryption and eavesdropping prevention. All ShieldiT features are controlled centrally via the unified ManageiT management dashboard, enabling incident response to be conducted from the management console. The integration of ShieldiT with a satellite modem empowers its users to have on-demand communications for tactical networks on the move, in a solution that is easily integrated on vehicles, naval vessels, and aircraft, and offers high-performance tracking.