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DISA’s Sarah Zabel: Pentagon Should Embrace Newer Mobility Options

Maj. Gen. Sarah Zabel
Maj. Gen. Sarah Zabel

Sarah Zabel, vice director of the Defense Information Systems Agency, believes the Defense Department should go beyond smartphones in its mobility programs, Fedscoop reported Thursday.

Greg Otto writes the Air Force major general also urged DoD to move more quickly in order to achieve “mobile ablement.”

“To have a mobile enable workforce, you need to want it, to demand it and to think mobile in order to bring all the different elements together,” Zabel told audience at an mobilityndjd-hosted forum Thursday.

She recommended that DoD facilitate a bring-your-own-device program that would allow agency employees to use any technology in work environments as long as their devices comply with security policies.

Otto reports DISA has also partnered with the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Security Agency to implement public key infrastructure-based derived credentials.

Zabel encouraged vendors to create technology for defense agencies to test the security profile of an application in the marketplace before they can download the apps on mobile devices.

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