Android is expected to soon win approval for use on military networks

November 16, 2011
FedCyber Wire, Technology
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The Android operating system developed by Google and used in popular smartphones and tablets is expected to win approval for use on military networks that handle information with the Secret classification level by April 2012, Michael McCarthy, director of the Army’ssmartphone project, told Nextgov.

The operating system is expected to receive certification for use on unclassified Defense networks by the end of the year, he said. McCarthy, who runs the Army’s Connecting Soldiers to Digital Applications project from a bunkerlike building on this sprawling base just north of El Paso and the Mexican border, said the Android operating system will meet the National Institutes of Standards and Technology compliance requirements for security in unclassified wireless communications embodied in Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2.

McCarthy also predicted that the Android operating system would win approval from the National Security Agency for use on Secret networks under NSA’s Suite B program, which leverages existing federal standards to support commercial wireless products on federal networks.

via NextGov, continued here.