Mobile Device Management and BYOD
Concern about mobile devices and records management sparked the National Archives and Records Administration to warn agencies about the challenges they're likely to face.
The General Services Administration says agencies have cut wireless costs by almost a quarter by using Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative wireless blanket purchase agreements.
The Defense Department's mobility pilot is now well underway, but as the department allows non-BlackBerry devices to connect to its network, it faces several previously unforeseen challenges, said DoD Chief Information Officer Teri Takai. Non-customized consumer devices present problems in terms of credentialing and pre-loaded applications, said Takai at a March 26 event hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
The increasing use of mobile devices at federal agencies may have broad implications for records management, something the National Archives and Records Administration has set out to address.
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.