And pending some major adjustments in policy, the president could soon opt to upgrade to an Android or iOS device. At first, many assumed that he was using the word "BlackBerry" as a euphemism for some other secure device.
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They're also heavily ruggedized—designed to withstand repeated 6-foot drops and operate while being pelted with rain. They come with all the baggage of a phone built for "war fighters"—they're big, clunky, pocket-unfriendly, and run on a secure version of Windows CE. The BlackBerry was a relatively easy pick because, just as in other highly regulated organizations, RIM's platform is a government favorite and has been approved for official e-mail for over a decade.
That rating now extends to RIM's Playbook as well, making it the only tablet device approved for viewing sensitive but not classified documents. The government is so dependent on its BlackBerrys that in , when RIM was facing an injunction to shut its network down as a result of NTP's patent infringement case , the Department of Defense filed a brief stating that cutting off BlackBerry service to the government was a threat to national security. Obama's BlackBerry probably doesn't require him to authenticate with a smart card when he uses it.
He's also not using it for classified e-mail or phone calls.
So the biggest security measure he's taken is security through obscurity: While the BlackBerry is still the device of choice for government execs, RIM's grip on the government market has loosened. Many agencies are exploring ways to use iOS and Android devices for a range of applications, and some are starting to let employees bring their own mobile devices as both a way to save money and as a way to leverage the commoditization of mobile hardware. In the past two years, the Defense Department has shown a great deal of interest in both the Android and Apple iOS platforms. The Army sponsored a mobile development competition called Apps4Army last year, and is in the process of developing an Army app Marketplace— a private app store for the military that will launch in And the Department of Veterans Affairs is moving to let hospital staff bring their own mobile devices into the VA's networks, and use devices such as iPads for clinical data.
But that interest hasn't yet turned into a wholesale move away from BlackBerry. The problem government agencies face is similar to the one facing companies as they start adopting "bring your own device" policies: With the security policies in place at many agencies, those problems are amplified for government; it's not just a matter of requiring employees to get their apps from an internal official app store.
First, there's the fact that Apple and Android devices have lacked the encryption certification and support for government digital signatures that RIM has had since And then there's the issue of two-factor authentication.
Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 HSPD12 , a directive issued by the Bush administration, requires all government agencies to issue smart card IDs for government employees and contractors to control access to sensitive government facilities and systems—including e-mail. Both use a PKI certificate embedded in the card for authentication and encryption, which is read into the device through a card reader each time a user session begins.
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And add to that the introduction of tablets, and people bringing them into the government environment and wanting to read internal documents on them—while the iPad is a decent device for document review, that adds another whole set of security and authentication requirements for agencies to deal with. Ask a question. User profile for user: I called up Apple support and the rep had no idea what I was talking about. He didn't really seem to care, either.
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The site is one of the most professional and complete resources of its kind for anyone working in the government from a personal computer. The biggest issues are how to pull the certificates from the CAC card onto an iOS in a manner that is deemed "secure". Blackberry has the only wireless option with a Bluetooth CAC reader. If there was, you would still have to write an app to process the certificates and make them available for a mail client or safari.
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