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.
The comptroller and auditor general of India questioned the Human Resources Development Ministry over its arbitrary selection of IIT, Rajasthan to launch the Aakash tablet project without knowing whether IITR could actually handle work, a Sept. 6 Indian Express article says. Under the Aakash tablet project, India plans to distribute the low-tablets at a cost of $35 to students and teachers for educational purposes.
As Samsung developed Knox--the company's new platform security, application security and mobile device management tool--the company met reguarly with DISA. The product's development was influenced by the security requirement guide developed by DISA's field security operations team, said Orndorff while speaking Aug. 9 at the Forecast to Industry event at DISA headquarters in Ft. Meade, Md.
Federal employees won't be able to use personal mobile devices, rather than government-provisioned ones, anytime soon at the Homeland Security Department and the Agriculture Department's national agricultural statistics service. Bring your own device presents potentially-expensive risks and unclear cost savings, said officials at a July 16 event in Washington, D.C.
The Navy Department's $3.45 billion, 5-year contract for its Next Generation Enterprise Network covers a host of information technology services, but one thing HP Enterprise Services won't be providing is a way for employee-owned devices to securely connect to the Navy Department's network.
In a new publication, the National Institute of Standards and Technology outlines concrete guidelines for agencies to better secure smartphones and tablets. Clear policies, says NIST SP 800-124 revision 1 (.pdf), are central to a mobile security strategy and should cover everything from how personally-owned and organization-issued devices are provisioned to how mobile device management servers are administered and updated.