Security a priority in DOD move to mobile devices
The Defense Department wants to provide secure access to information from any device, anywhere and anytime, but the priority is security, the department’s principal deputy chief information officer recently said.
At a defense systems seminar, Robert Carey spoke about mobile device security and architecture before an audience of military, government and industry experts.
“It’s an exciting time for mobile space, and I will tell you as we march into it and into choices and … into smart phone utilization in the DOD, it is not without the requisite security,” Carey said.
“Many an industry and federal agency that are leaping into it a little faster than the security apparatus is willing to catch up with, but we are not,” he said. “We are trying to leap in it with the security apparatus attached.”
Today, DOD has more than 600,000 commercial mobile devices in operational and pilot use, including about 470,000 BlackBerry phones, 41,000 Apple operating system devices and 8,700 Android devices.
Last June, the department released a mobile device strategy that identified information technology goals and objectives for making the use of mobile devices possible from the hallways of the Pentagon to battlefields and secured spaces worldwide.
The strategy focused on improving wireless infrastructure and mobile devices and applications.
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