Sep 15, 2016

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Vysk QS1 Wins Prestigious HPE-IAPP Award for Most Innovative Privacy Technology

Previous winners include VMware, Microsoft, IBM Research, Stanford University, ID Experts, and Novell, Inc.

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(San Jose, CA) -- Vysk is proud to announce that its flagship product, the Vysk QS1 smartphone case, has been awarded the prestigious HPE-IAPP Award for Most Innovative Privacy Technology of 2016. With this honor, the San Antonio-based Vysk joins the illustrious ranks of previous winners including VMware, Microsoft, IBM Research, Stanford University, ID Experts, and Novell, Inc., as well as this year’s co-winner, Protenus.

Administered by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the world’s largest association for information privacy professionals, with more than 20,000 members in 83 countries, and sponsored by Hewlett Packard (HPE), the Innovation Award recognizes “unique programs and services in global privacy and data protection in the private and public sectors.” In selecting the Vysk QS1 as the most innovative technology of the year, the IAPP Judging Committee considered a series of criteria including the level of innovation, breadth of adoption, revenue and profitability enhancement, and proportion of customers impacted.

Vysk’s award submission highlighted the security and adaptability of the QS1 solution, including its proprietary True End-to-End Encryption (TruE2E). Using proprietary microphone jammers, camera shutters, and independent hardware (encryption processor, speakers, etc.) built into the case itself, the QS1 creates a secure ecosystem outside the potentially compromised smartphone where the user can make and receive encrypted voice calls privately. This proprietary solution protects the actual endpoints of the conversation: the smartphone’s cameras and microphones. In this way, the QS1 easily and conveniently turns leading smartphones like the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy into the most secure mobile communication devices in the world.

The award was announced during a special ceremony at the IAPP’s Privacy.Security.Risk. 2016 conference held in San Jose, California between September 13-16, 2016. Vysk CEO Victor Cocchia accepted the award on behalf of Vysk.

“We are honored to have won this distinguished award,” said Cocchia. “We would like to thank IAPP for recognizing the truly revolutionary nature of the Vysk QS1, which is poised to reinvent communication in the enterprise and government space. No other device on the market can provide either the security or convenience of the QS1, which can be used with leading smartphone brands and requires only a single button to activate. Our solution is intuitive, easy to use, and nonintrusive.”

Founded in 2013, Vysk is a San Antonio, Texas-based manufacturer of private secure communications solutions determined to redefine and restore privacy in the digital age. Please visit for more information about Vysk and the Vysk QS1 case for iPhone (Samsung forthcoming).