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Kevin Cox: GSA Mobile Guidelines to Address Risk

HTCphoneThe Obama administration’s guidelines for agencies on how to protect their smartphones and tablets will not approve specific devices for use in the government, a Justice Department official told Federal Times.

Kevin Cox, who serves on the interagency team working on mobile security standards, told the newspaper the guidelines are intended to help agencies figure out how much risk they want to assume when implementing mobility.

Nicole Blake Johnson writes the security standards will be like those already in place for laptops and not include security requirements for devices that employees personally own and use for work.

Jitesh Sachdev, chief operating officer at app development firm INADEV, told Federal Times agencies would have to approve apps that require personal identification for transactions, among others.

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