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FirstNet Eyes BYOD Policy for Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network

CellTowerThe First Responder Network Authority currently works to develop a bring-your-own-device policy that covers support for personal devices on the nationwide public safety broadband network.

FirstNet said Nov. 23 its goal is to establish a BYOD model that enables public safety users to access the NPSBN via personal devices such as smartphones and tablets, agency-owned legacy devices and devices that use an intermediate connection.

“The FirstNet BYOD policy can start with an enterprise model and be tailored as needed to meet the special mission critical and security requirements of a public safety network,” the group added.

To address security issues related to BYOD implementation, FirstNet offers technical measures that include mobile device or application management, security container applications, firewalls and device certification.

FirstNet said the BYOD policy will work to guide those technical controls and balance them with usability or flexibility of device support.

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