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White House Focuses on Mobility with New Security Guidelines; Steven VanRoekel Comments

WhiteHouseOn May 23, The White House issued a set of standards meant to assist federal agencies in choosing and deploying the right mobile technology to support their missions, Fed Connects reported Thursday.

Officials released the guidelines as the Federal Mobile Security Baseline, Mobile Security Decision Framework and Mobile Security Reference Architecture.

“We’re not far from mobile being the default computing environment and the fact that we treat them differently is a disconnect,” federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel told reporters during a conference call.

In a recent Market Connections-FierceGovernment IT PulsePoll, more than 80% of federal employees said mobile devices are critical to their jobs and help them become more productive.

The use of tablets in government agencies increased from 31% to 60% within a year, according to Market Connections’ latest Federal Media and Marketing Study.

The study also said that 92 percent of people that use tablets and mobile devices in government feel that they are more productive.

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