The Department of Defense contract announcements for 1 June 2020 announced an award for Wickr that will enable this provider of secure communications to serve the US Air Force to provide end-to-end encrypted file, video, chat, text and voice services for end-users. This is great news for the Air Force, we believe, since it will enable the best available security and most capability for collaboration in ways that are compliant with government needs and meet or exceed requirements for mission focused users. The announcement read:
Wickr Inc., San Francisco, California, has been awarded a ceiling $35,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Wickr-based recall, alert and messaging (Wickr RAM) services. Wickr RAM services require an Air Force Cloud One and Air Force Special Operations Command cloud certified fully managed service provider. This contract provides Wickr RAM is a Department of Defense (DOD)-approved/Federal Information Processing Standards certified application suite that provides end-to-end encrypted file, video, chat, text and voice services for end-users. The application suite includes servers that run in a DOD-approved cloud data center and client applications that run on government issued, personal and temporary computers and mobile devices. Work will be performed at the contractor’s facility and is expected to be completed May 31, 2022. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $7,700,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Installation Contracting Center, Hurlburt Field, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA0021-20-D-0001).
One thing we love about Wickr is that it is not just a great system for large organizations who seek to protect their info, but it can be used for small businesses or even individuals. We use Wickr Pro extensively, and enjoy the features of that system, but there is also a version that any individual can use called Wickr Me, which allows individuals to leverage their always anonymous, fully encrypted platform.
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