DoD grapples with smartphone, tablet security

August 31, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire
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Last week we were talking about a major new software product that security giant Symantec Corp., hopes DoD, the feds and the private sector will buy to let workers use their own smartphones and other devices for work — securely. It’s still more than a year away, though, and there’s no guarantee it’ll work, or that the government will want to buy it. But service members and civilians are using their own smartphones and tablets now, today, meaning the Defense Department’s top systems officials already have their work cut out.

This is tricky, because commands are finding many new ways to use their consumer-grade devices — like the Marine aviators whose new best friend is the iPad — so DoD officials want to allow that kind of adaptation, but make sure it doesn’t pose a security threat.

Story here.