DoD Doubles Down on Mobility
Think your company’s mobile security concerns are complex? Think of what the U.S. Department of Defense has to deal with when trying to deliver top-secret documents to mobile devices.
Yet the DoD is getting ready to present an enterprise-level mobile implementation strategy later this month — a mammoth undertaking to provide on-the-go access to critical information.
“So we save money [and] we increase the security, but the big power down there is jumping the productivity curve so we can do many more things faster and actually provide more time for our people to think — to do those things that they need to get done and to make those right decisions,” Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert E. Wheeler told DefenceTalk.com.
How will it all work — and remain secure? Only certain devices will be configured to connect to a network housing classified information. The DoD will also support a second category of devices, hooked up to non-classified networks, as well as a third group of devices that will connect to commercial networks — like a pilot’s iPad intended primarily to replace paper checklists and manuals.
In the past, various DoD departments have employed a more ad-hoc approach to mobility. The new enterprise plan will standardize the process, and provide app and device makers with a set of security standards to follow.
“So, for example, if we do this in an enterprise-type model, we can go cheaper, we can buy down the risk … [and] we can jump the productivity curve,” Wheeler said.
Read it here: Mobile Devices Offer Fast Decisions, Productivity, DoD Says | Defence Talk
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