The so-called " building block " is intended to provide an example of a cybersecurity implementation that a variety of sectors can use. The center, part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, has also proposed building blocks for continuous monitoring and trusted geolocation.
More than 2,000 mobile devices that NASA issued to its employees went unused during the final seven months of 2013, the agency's office of inspector general says. The unused devices cost NASA at least $679,000.
The Air Force began the rollout of 5,000 iPhones and iPads to modernize its commercial devices earlier this month.
The Defense Department will begin rolling out its mobile device management system and mobile application store for unclassified users Jan. 31, with plans to support up to 100,000 users by the end of fiscal 2014, says the Defense Information Systems Agency.
The mobile government community is bracing for a new requirement that all iOS mobile applications created after Feb. 1 be optimized for iOS7. Apple made the announcement in December, but some agencies have been running the newest operating system since it was released.
Android devices should not be part of the bring-your-own-device program for Internal Revenue Service employees until the agency reviews Android's security vulnerabilities, says the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
The Defense Department will begin using its mobile device management system and mobile application store by the end of the year, said DoD Public Affairs Officer Lt Col Damien Pickart. Digital Management, Inc., the Bethesda, Md.-based contractor that won the contract June 27, will provide the department with initial operating capability no later than Dec. 31.
This summer, MITRE unveiled the Secure Virtual Mobile Platform, an open-source, thin-client security solution for smartphones and tablets. Behind SVMP lies a virtualized Android operating system--it looks just like a normal mobile operating system from a hand-held device but it can run on an agency's existing cloud or data center systems.
The Homeland Security Department's Computer Emergency Readiness Team issued a notification Oct. 9 that federal users and administrators review a BlackBerry Security Advisory released the day prior and take corrective action recommended by BlackBerry.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration petition the Federal Communications Commission to require carriers to unlock mobile devices, citing the need for greater competition and consumer choice in the marketplace. A Sept. 17 NTIA statement says the petition requests the FCC immediately initiate the process of setting rules to allow consumers to use mobile devices with any compatible network.