The guide called "Vetting the Security of Mobile Applications" helps organizations understand and implement security requirements and an app vetting process to evaluate how secure they are.
Information security and privacy concerns are likely impeding the widespread use of thousands of mobile health applications since an overwhelming majority require access to sensitive personal data.
"As an agency, there's no way I can wade through hundreds of thousands of applications and there needs to be some risk management that industry comes up with," said Walter Bigalow, chief of IT services management at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
In the coming weeks the Federal Bureau of Investigation will have just under 30,000 Android-based devices deployed, said the agency's mobility lead David Rubin during a Jan. 13 industry event.
BabyBus Network Technology's mobile apps are collecting geolocation information from children that might be in violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.
Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) recently introduced legislation that would prohibit any federal requirement to build backdoors or security vulnerabilities into American software and hardware products. The bill addresses U.S. government's secret phone and Internet surveillance efforts.
Federal communications regulators are seeking public comment on recommendations from a new report to help reduce smartphone thefts, which is conservatively estimated at about 1 million annually and growing.
Federal regulators this week issued a warning against the use of cellphone jammers – even by state and local law enforcement agencies – that block or interfere with communications, especially emergency calls.
Personal identity verification at the Defense Department could become more compatible with mobile devices, since the department approved Nov. 24 the first vendor to provide security credentials for Android, Apple and Microsoft mobile devices.
The American Civil Liberties Union recently filed an amicus brief, supporting a Baltimore man – allegedly involved in a murder-for-hire plot – who said the use of a cell-phone tracker to trace and locate his whereabouts is illegal.