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.
An industry group has begun testing the short-from privacy notices envisioned in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's mobile app code of conduct, which was issued as a draft in July following a year-long multi-stakeholder process.
The Federal Trade Commission announced Oct. 23 it would extend the comment period for two proposals related to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.
The United Kingdom's Communications-Electronics Security Group, the central government agency that serves as the country's technical authority for information assurance, is recommending UK government agencies avoid allowing employees to bring their own device.
Police body cameras could serve as a check against police abuse of powers as long as privacy policies are put in place, an Oct. 9 American Civil Liberties Union paper says. When a New York judge found that the NYPD's stop and frisk tactics violated the constitution, one of the remedies was for the department to begin testing wearable police cameras.
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 U.S. federal government is a primary focus for Research in Motion, the Canadian company behind the BlackBerry mobile device. Recent comments from one RIM excutive show the market could be viewed as a lifeline for a company with an uncertain future. "I think this is an absolutely critical market for us," BlackBerry's Senior Vice President for Security Scott Totzke told Politico. "I think it's absolutely top of mind for everybody in the organization."
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 Institute of Standards and Technology recently published an update to its electronic authentication guidance published in 2011 with a focus on remote authentication of individuals over an open network.
Despite having a lead role in the implementation of the White House's Digital Government Strategy, the General Services Administration didn't exactly pass an audit of its mobility programs with flying colors. A Sept. 10 office of inspector general report (.pdf) found several problems with GSA mobile security and acquisition.