AWS Wickr – Encrypted Communication Service
Amazon announced the preview of the collaboration suite AWS Wickr. The new managed service provides enterprises and government agencies with security and administrative controls to meet security and compliance requirements.
Wikcr uses a multilayered AES-256 end-to-end encryption and key handling protocols to allow users securely sharing mission-critical information. Every call, message, and file in AWS Wickr is encrypted with a new random encryption key and messages. Encryption keys are accessible only within Wickr applications and not disclosed to Wickr servers.
After the acquisition, Amazon integrated Wickr as an AWS service and developed new features including a new SDK and updated crypto protocols.
With the ability to function in low-bandwidth environments, Wickr shifted in the last years from being an application used by privacy advocates to becoming the encrypted chat platform for the U.S. military and government agencies.
Amazon recently released the AWS Wickr ATAK plugin that allows users to monitor the location of other users and potential hazards. Designed for use in combat zones, the Android Team Awareness Kit provides mapping, messaging, and geofencing capabilities.
The preview of AWS Wickr requires registration and the service is available at no cost during the preview period.