LOS ANGELES, July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
- New Chief Scientist has worked in cyber defense and applied physics, with extensive field experience
Safe and Secure Mobile, Inc., whose new phone-security application incorporates NSA-approved technology utilized by government agencies, has named Dr. David Ford as it new Chief Scientist. "Dr. Ford brings a vast width and breadth of experience to our company," says CEO Michael Franco. "He has worked in the cyber-defense field, through applied physics, with field experience in real-life applications.
"What I like about Dr. Ford - and which many other scientists lack - is that he has brought a skill set of operating within a multi-disciplinary strategy," Franco continues. "There are many scientists familiar with new technologies, but I need a scientist who can execute a vision - a scientist who can take orders and adjust on the fly. Dr. Ford is all this and so much more."
Earlier this month, Safe and Secure Mobile released SafeandSecureMobile.com, a new security app that ensures enhanced protection from illegal hacking for BlackBerry® and Android® smart phone users. An Apple iPhone version is slated for release in a week's time, followed by a Nokia® version later this month. SSM's design team of specialists was responsible for actions that resulted in creating a BlackBerry device secure enough to allow President Obama to regain the use of his BlackBerry after he took office in 2009. The same technology is now available for worldwide phone users in the form of an inexpensive, downloadable application. Recent phone-hacking revelations in the UK concerning News of the World reporters have underscored real concerns about mobile-phone security, and not just a problem for the rich and famous.
After completing graduate work in physics and mathematics at Cornell and receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, in 1997, Dr. Ford was selected for admission to the National Security Agency's intensive three-year postdoctoral training program. At the NSA he continued work on the application of advanced mathematical and physical techniques for global computing and communications networks. Dr. Ford's experience encompasses many highly classified core missions, the protection of U.S. national security systems, the production of foreign signals intelligence information, and penetration of hard targets, working with highly sophisticated tools.
In 1998, in response to Presidential Decision Directive 63 on the protection of U.S. telecommunications networks , Dr. Ford was called upon to lead an operational field team including over 50 technical experts representing all four uniformed services and intelligence commands in the construction of the first-of-its-kind communications network technology designed against threats from the most determined adversaries in the world. The work was recognized nationally at an internal White House meeting on critical communication infrastructure protection where it was dubbed "the way forward" by independent, military-industrial community experts.
In darker times, Dr. Ford was called upon in October of 2001 by the Department of Commerce to assist and assess the condition of financial sector communications networks. He later also served as a consultant to the Terrorism Sanctions committee at the United Nations where he outlined a science based method and technology for the mathematical analysis of communications in terror networks.
At the request of the commanding officer of the Defense Department's JTFGNO (Joint Task for Global Network Operations), in 2004 Dr. Ford became a science advisor for the Defense Information Systems Agency. In 2007, he became a Research Professor of Physics at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, where his innovative and seminal work on the physical foundations of communications theory launched a multi-million dollar DARPA effort, the first large-scale undertaking that was able to be made available to the external information protection research community.
While resident on a protected mobile device, the SafeandSecureMobile.com app is completely invisible; it is not displayed in the application list, user menus or user settings. The software continuously and unobtrusively monitors all attempts to open data ports, and continuously blocks such intrusions.
The SafeandSecureMobile.com team of experts also includes scientist Frank Cole, who served as an Adjunct Instructor for the National Cryptologic School where he earned multiple certificates in such areas as electronic warfare/signals intelligence and cryptologic analysis.
SafeandSecureMobile is a privately held company that produces top-level security for mobile devices and smartphones by utilizing their extensive background in secure encrypted communications.
SafeandSecureMobile.com has a strong basis entrenched in top-level security projects for the US National Defense and other allied nations in the areas of wired and wireless secure, encrypted communications, network protection, and network forensics.
The SafeandSecureMobile.com team comprises seasoned subject matter experts possessing the highest credentials with experience in delivering proven security solutions which serve agencies such as the White House Communications Agency (WHCA), FBI, NSA, Delta Force, Navy Seals, Special Forces and Department of Homeland Security and allied nations.