By Ryan Kamauff
- DoD inks MDM, app store contract potentially costing $16M – DISA has signed Digital Management Inc to be their mobile device management provider. Part of the solution is also a mobile application store (MAS) which can update and manage the applications remotely. This allows the device to stay out in the wild while still staying up to date and secure. Via FierceGovernmentIT, more here.
- 3 reasons why America’s security model is broken – ComputerWorld examines the current security paradigm in the US, and its issues. He believes it is because, “economics aren’t aligned correctly to ensure accountability and responsibility.” They see that, “Without making fundamental changes we are destined to have an ongoing erosion of our security[.]” Via ComputerWorld, more here.
- Mobile Malware Threats Up 614% – Juniper Network’s annual Mobile Threat Report identified a huge upswing in malware from 2012 to 2013. A further 92% of the malware is aimed at the Android platform. The distribution platforms for most of these Android threats are third party app stores, many of which are located in China or Russia. Via ISS Source, more here.
- Navy awards NGEN to incumbent HP Enterprise Services – The Department of the Navy has finally announced the long awaited NGEN award. This contract is a $3.45B, five-year contract. The contract will roll out as $321M in the first year, and four more 1-year options. “The evaluation criteria for the contract was lowest price, technically acceptable; both bid proposal teams submitted technically acceptable offers, Navy officials said, stating that HP won on price.” Via FierceGovernmentIT, more here.
- Encryption Has Foiled Wiretaps for First Time Ever, Feds Say – “For the first time, encryption is thwarting government surveillance efforts through court-approved wiretaps, U.S. officials said today. The disclosure, buried in a report by the U.S. agency that oversees federal courts, also showed that authorities armed with wiretap orders are encountering more encryption than before.” This underscores the need for everyone to encrypt their data. Both in transit and at rest. Via Wired, more here.
- Firewalls in firing line as US military plans data-centric network – “The US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is planning a complete overhaul of its network architecture that could spell the end for conventional firewalls, the organisation’s director has said in comments to armed forces media.” The military is hoping to switch from protecting packets, to protecting data, limiting the need for firewalls. Via ComputerWorld, more here.