The strategy initially called for a governmentwide bring-your-own-device policy within 3 months, which ended up becoming a 43-page BYOD toolkit (.pdf) published Aug. 23, 2012. "It became quickly apparent that getting out an actual policy that applied across the diversity of agencies in that time frame was not something that was realistic and achievable," said Rick Holgate, chief information officer of the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Bureau.
BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BlackBerry PlayBook tablets with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, and devices using Samsung's Knox for Android are now allowed on Defense Department networks.
"Another form/agreement will be created for individual facility approvals specifically for borrowing mobile devices," said VA spokeswoman Josephine Schuda. The department's current user agreement for the pilots is a variation of the form used to take any government property out of a VA central office building, said Schuda.
While the maturity of bring your own device strategies varies widely across government, more agencies are standing up mobile device management systems as a precursor to BYOD. The Commerce and Justice departments now have MDM contracts available to components and pilots underway; and the Defense Department's forthcoming MDM and app store contract award will enable BYOD in the unclassified environment, say officials.
The Veterans Affairs Department has turned portions of its mobile device management solution on to provide security for several smartphone and tablet pilot programs underway.
Authors say the proposed framework and security capsule implementation could serve as a model for quickly and securely sharing healthcare information over mobile networks in an emergency situation.
A digital privacy rights group pushed the Washington State Supreme Court to recognize that law enforcement officers must obtain a warrant before reading texts on someone's phone in two cases the court will hear next month.
"The FAA has determined that the hacking technique described during a recent computer security conference does not pose a flight safety concern because it does not work on certified flight hardware," said the agency. Rather, it only works on flight simulation technology.
The Drug Enforcement Administration has tried but is unable to intercept communications sent over Apple's iMessage service, according to an internal DEA document obtained by CNET .
Researchers from the University of Glasgow were able to access data from mobile devices even when that data was stored remotely in the cloud. Android and iOS devices were used to recover files from Dropbox, Box and SugarSync, according to a paper (.pdf) written by researchers at the University of Glasgow.