Mark Orndorff: DISA Works with Smartphone Makers to Meet Pentagon’s Mobile Deployment Goals

mobile securityThe Defense Information Systems Agency collaborates with Apple, Samsung and BlackBerry to expedite a process for mobile device vendors to obtain federal security authorization for their products, Federal News Radio reported Thursday.

Jared Serbu writes Mark Orndorff, mission assurance executive at DISA, said partnerships with industry allows the agency to clear new iOS and Android smartphones and tablets within 30 days of the devices’ commercial release.

DISA has authorized and deployed 4,000 commercial mobile devices for unclassified defense networks and aims to increase the number to up to 40,000 over the next year, according to the report.

“In our initial partnerships with Apple, Samsung and BlackBerry, we’re releasing at least interim approvals at the same time the products are commercially released,” Orndorff told the station.

He added the agency is in talks with several other vendors who seek to participate in the Pentagon’s commercial mobile device initiative, according to Serbu’s article.

Serbu reports DISA adapted the Motorola RAZR MAXX smartphone to replace the Secure Mobile Environment Portable Electronic Device, or SME-PED, for classified network use.

The agency has implemented 270 units of the retrofitted Motorola device and plans to deploy as many as 1,500 smartphones through the Defense Mobile Classified Capability initiative by the end of 2015.

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