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Marines Seek Commercial Alternative to Secure Mobile Device Use

mobile securityThe Marine Corps has been looking at commercial alternatives for secure mobile device use for its members, trialing smartphones and tablets provided by Verizon, AT&T and Sprint for the past four months, Nextgov reported Wednesday.

William Matthews writes the military service seeks to identify a cheaper, quicker offering comparable to the Pentagon’s mobile phone system that uses policy-based secure partitions or “containers” that control what applications can run in the environment.

The Marines said they will decide on a smartphone system that can provide military-grade security, with expectations of $66 in yearly fees per device.

This is $22 less than the Defense Department’s mobile device management program, which Defense Information Systems Agency said amounts to annual costs of $88 for access to unclassified networks and more than $1,500 for classified networks.

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