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John Hickey: Information Key Challenge to DISA’s Adoption of Mobility

mobile device managementJohn Hickey, program manager for DoD mobility with the Defense Information Systems Agency, has highlighted the agency’s role in addressing mobility’s challenges through its various programs and initiatives, Federal Times reported Tuesday.

Amber Corrin writes one of the agency’s ongoing initiatives is to transition some 100,000 mobile users to a more secure architecture using technology from MobileIron.

DISA is working to add 25,000 users at a time, and will soon work to integrate Samsung’s Knox virtual operating system to provide an added layer of encryption to the platform.

Hickey, addressing participants of a C4ISR conference in Virginia earlier this week, said the challenge to mobile adoption is not as much securing devices but the data and transactions people access, share and execute on their phones and tablets.

“The device is a large part of it… but it’s not about the device, it’s really about the information,” Hickey said. “How do we enable (warfighters) with these devices?”

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