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Emma Garrison-Alexander Highlights Mobile Devices as TSA Priority

More than 50,000 of the Transportation Security Administration’s 60,000 employees work out of an office, making mobile device use a priority for the agency, its chief information officer told Federal News Radio.

Emma Garrison-Alexander said the agency is still at the beginning of developing a mobile device policy, which will include smartphones and tablets.

Putting security standards in place to meet the technology is the agency’s main challenge, she said to Federal News Radio.

The Defense Department is also trying to balance the need to secure its networks with the increased demand for bringing mobile devices into the workplace.

Army Maj. Gen. Stephen Smith, director of the branch’s cyberspace task force, said he expects the Army and the Defense Information Systems Agency to make an announcement by early summer regarding how to secure mobile devices.

DISA approved Dell’s version of Android 2.2 for accessing the Pentagon’s networks in December.

DISA could provide security technology as a managed service and allow other defense agencies and services to use the technology, he said.

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