The US Department of Defense will be the next battleground for mobile platforms, with the Pentagon about to approve Apple and Samsung devices for deployment alongside BlackBerrys. Android devices using Samsung KNOX security will complete security testing within the next two weeks, along with BlackBerry 10 and iOS 6, allowing DoD …
In my last job all PEDs (Personal Electronic Devices) had to be left in the car or placed in specially designed lockers on arrival at work. That was at the relatively less paranoid DSTO, which has somewhat less buttock clenching security than, say, the DSD. I really can't see this catching on any time soon in Australia.
Until, of course, some really high ranking general or administrator decides they really really need their iPad in their office (probably to play Angry Birds or something equally important)
Headline: Apple, Samsung and BlackBerry go to WAR... in the Pentagon
And no one's posted this yet: "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, this is the War Room,!"
Interesting. BlackBerry has been the only one to get the approval for sensitive stuff, wonder who Apple and Samsung fare on this? Especially as they lack the FIPS 140-2 certification which is usually required for this.
How restricted will the devices be?
Certification is one thing but how usable will the phones be in practice? Camera disabled? External storage disabled perhaps? SMS/BBM/iMessage allowed or not?