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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Top Rated Comments

fenderbass146 Avatar
145 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.....
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Martin92 Avatar
145 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.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JAT Avatar
145 months ago
This news has zero effect on my life whatsoever.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
crisss1205 Avatar
145 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:

* Advanced Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync features
* On-device AES 256-bit encryption
* VPN connectivity
* Top-tier, multivendor Mobile Device Management support
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
G51989 Avatar
145 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.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
flottenheimer Avatar
145 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?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)