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Department of Defense Ready to Approve iOS 6 for High-Security Uses

DOD-logo-vector-RGBThe U.S. Department of Defense is readying a new government approval for iOS devices to be used by military agencies for nonclassified communications. This is apparently a separate approval from the "commercial mobile device implementation plan" that the DoD announced a few months ago.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the certification would not only allow more widespread use of iPhones and iPads across the military, but would signal to other security conscious companies like banks and law firms that these devices are safe to use.
Separately, DISA is expected to rule that Apple's latest operating system, iOS 6, conforms to a different security-requirement guide, these people said. That would allow iPhones and iPads to be used by military agencies for nonclassified communications, like email and Web browsing.
The DoD is also preparing to sign off on Samsung's Galaxy line of phones for similar uses.

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19 months ago

I stopped reading when they said they were approving an Android device.

so you still read the whole thing seeing as thats on the last line.....
Rating: 12 Votes
19 months ago

The DoD is also preparing to sign off on Samsung's Galaxy line of phones for similar uses.


Immediately discredits this article, iOS 6 != hardware. And if they're about to useAndroid for "high security" purposes then i'd assume they have pretty low security requirements.
Rating: 9 Votes
19 months ago
This news has zero effect on my life whatsoever.
Rating: 6 Votes
19 months ago

Immediately discredits this article, iOS 6 != hardware. And if they're about to useAndroid for "high security" purposes then i'd assume they have pretty low security requirements.


Samsung's line of Galaxy Phones have something called "Samsung SAFE (http://www.samsung.com/us/business/samsung-for-enterprise/index.html?cid=omc-mb-cph-1112-10000022)" which is not part of Android. Like iOS, SAFE provides:
[LIST]
[*]Advanced Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync features
[*]On-device AES 256-bit encryption
[*]VPN connectivity
[*]Top-tier, multivendor Mobile Device Management support
[/LIST]
Rating: 4 Votes
19 months ago
So, where do I get a "United States of America — Department of Defence"-approved sticker and a hardcore milistyle cover for my iPhone?
Rating: 3 Votes
19 months ago

I stopped reading when they said they were approving an Android device.


Yes, I'm sure you know more about the security on Samsung devices than the US department of defense.
Rating: 3 Votes
19 months ago

It is interesting that they are also approving Samsung devices, despite running Android, which has proven to be less than secure. I wonder if they will approve phones by company or just all of android.


How has been proven less than secure?

Android in any form is just a worm hole of hurt in a military environment.


Why?


Good that DoD clears Apple for use
Rating: 2 Votes
19 months ago

If it's just iOS 6, will the DoD stay on that version when iOS 7 comes and play the "one version behind" game until each subsequent update is deemed "safe"?


Having worked for the DOD, they generally are a version or so behind, because it takes them a while to approve new software.
Rating: 2 Votes
19 months ago
I stopped reading when they said they were approving an Android device.
Rating: 2 Votes
19 months ago

Immediately discredits this article, iOS 6 != hardware. And if they're about to useAndroid for "high security" purposes then i'd assume they have pretty low security requirements.


You have no idea what you're talking about. Knox and SAFE from Samsung is extremely secure.

It is interesting that they are also approving Samsung devices, despite running Android, which has proven to be less than secure. I wonder if they will approve phones by company or just all of android.


Once again, someone who doesn't know what they are talking about

pretty sure 99% of IT people would agree with you.


Are you guys really in the bag with Apple this much?

Samsung's line of Galaxy Phones have something called "Samsung SAFE (http://www.samsung.com/us/business/samsung-for-enterprise/index.html?cid=omc-mb-cph-1112-10000022)" which is not part of Android. Like iOS, SAFE provides:
[LIST]
[*]Advanced Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync features
[*]On-device AES 256-bit encryption
[*]VPN connectivity
[*]Top-tier, multivendor Mobile Device Management support
[/LIST]


Finally someone with some sense

Yeah sammy being on the list makes me quiver with fear. Android in any form is just a worm hole of hurt in a military environment. I don't care if its Samsung safe that's just balls.


Get over yourself
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