Pentagon Will Open Networks to Apple, Google Devices in 2014
Pentagon Will Open Networks to Apple, Google Devices in 2014 - Bloomberg
By Brendan McGarry
Feb. 26 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Defense Department said today it plans to open its networks by next February to about 100,000 mobile phones and tablet computers made by companies such as Apple Inc. and Google Inc.
The move may pose a threat to BlackBerry, the Pentagon’s biggest supplier of smart phones. The Waterloo, Ontario-based company has lost market share to competitors and aims to make a comeback with its new BlackBerry 10 phone. The device will go on sale in the U.S. next month.
The Pentagon said it wants employees to have the flexibility to use commercial products on classified and unclassified networks. It plans to create a military mobile applications store and hire a contractor to build a system that may eventually handle as many as 8 million devices.
“This is not simply about embracing the newest technology –- it is about keeping the department’s workforce relevant in an era when information accessibility and cybersecurity play a critical role in mission success,” Teri Takai, the department’s chief information officer, said in a statement.
The Pentagon has more than 600,000 mobile devices, including 470,000 BlackBerrys, 41,000 Apple products and 8,700 platforms running Google’s Android operating system, according to the statement. The military has relied on BlackBerrys, and it has been testing the Apple and Google Android devices.
The networks will remain closed to personal wireless devices for now, according to the Defense Department. The recent bring-your-own-device trend in the civilian workplace “presents many compelling benefits,” though existing Pentagon policies and security vulnerabilities “prevent the adoption of devices that are unapproved and procured outside of official government acquisition,” Takai said in an attachment to a memo dated Feb. 15 and released today.
- 02-26-13, 09:40 AM #2
Heh - If you think Julian Assanage (sp?) had cables and dossiers for NATSEC - what floodgate will this open??? StealthBomber Drone XY9000 blueprints on the internets - build your own at home?!!
oy vey iz mir OH WEH!
- 02-26-13, 10:12 AM #5
It'll be interesting to know how much each type of device (BB, Apple, Android) will need to be locked down for security purposes in those "unclassified and classified networks" ...in other words how limited in the flexibility will the use of each phone will be based on security concerns.
- 02-26-13, 10:21 AM #6
This was inevitable. Not spectacular news but it reflects the reality that BB isn't the only game in town for secure mobile anymore.
Hopefully there will be an opportunity for BB to compete for the MDM component of this new platform.
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I’m guessing the recent iOS security issues and android malware issues aren’t that concerning because these devices will be locked down well beyond what and ordinary user would ever want.
I guess the bigger question is, will corporations see the Pentagon moving in this direction and jump on the BYOD bandwagon faster.
- 02-26-13, 11:27 AM #9
I believe every inch of space given up is not good, but I don't see the mass BYOD exodus some folks have been predicting anytime soon. My biggest concern is the Samsungs of the world can afford to wait.
- 02-26-13, 11:43 AM #11
- 02-26-13, 11:49 AM #12
Also, laughing at a Pentagon issue may not be too self-serving. I think we ALL benefit when things run smoothly there.
- 02-26-13, 11:51 AM #13
As long as iOS/Droid keep refining their device security, enterprise customers will continue to view them in a positive light.
As for the Pentagon, i'm not concerned about them being able to secure devices. There's an entire service industry around that... if the President is rolling with an Ipad, think the necessary security measures have been taken.
- 02-26-13, 11:59 AM #15
- 02-26-13, 12:02 PM #16
I think the risk is even greater for Blackberry... should they ever get compromised, it could undermine the one constant enterprise & public view them for.
A Droid/iOS gets hacked... well big whoop... they weren’t on Blackberry’s level anyway.
Blackberry gets hacked...
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02-26-13, 12:28 PM #19
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"The networks will remain closed to personal wireless devices for now, according to the Defense Department. The recent bring-your-own-device trend in the civilian workplace “presents many compelling benefits,” though existing Pentagon policies and security vulnerabilities “prevent the adoption of devices that are unapproved and procured outside of official government acquisition,” Takai said in an attachment to a memo dated Feb. 15 and released today."
This is the important paragraph in the press release.... No BYOD happening at the Pentagon, now or in the future. And you can bet that any of the 100,000 non-Blackberry devices that they might allow won't be getting near touching any secured/hardened internal system!
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