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Pentagon OKs Apple Devices for Military Networks

Apple has received approval from the Defense Department for its devices to operate on military networks, Bloomberg reports. Nick Taborek and Tony Capaccio write the Pentagon cleared Samsung devices and Blackberry 10 smartphones May 2. A Defense Information Systems Agency representative said last week the clearance would happen soon for …

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Pentagon Retaining Multivendor Mobile Device Strategy

The Defense Department is denying a report that it will replace all of its current mobile devices with 650,000 Apple iOS devices, GCN reports. Technology website Electronista reported on Wednesday that the Pentagon planned to buy the iOS devices and eliminate Blackberry devices after sequestration concludes. In response, Lt. Col. …

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BlackBerry Still Preferred by Feds In Wake of Outages

The recent BlackBerry outages may drive more smartphone users to the iPhone and Android platforms, but the BlackBerry is still preferred in government offices. According to National Journal, the main reason is simple: BlackBerry devices are more secure than the others. The devices have embedded encryption technology, making it difficult …

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Air Marshal BlackBerry Devices At Risk, OIG Report Says

Blackberry devices used by federal air marshals have a backlog of security patches, leaving them open to security threats, the Homeland Security Department inspector general found. In a redacted report released Aug. 22, the inspector general found scans of the air marshal program’s Blackberry service turned up numerous vulnerabilities. The …

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There’s An App for Traveling Fed Employees

The General Services Administration has launched a mobile application to help federal employees know lodging, meal and reimbursement rates when they travel. Janet Dobbs, GSA’s deputy associate administrator of Travel, Transportation & Asset Management, announced the launch in an Aug. 5 blog entry. The application allows employees to search rates …

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VA to Open Network for iPads, iPhones

The Department of Veterans Affairs will open its network to access by Apple iPads and iPhones starting in October, GovInfoSecurity.com reports. VA staff are currently limited to using only BlackBerry smart phones, with more than 20,000 employees using BlackBerry devices. VA staff will be able to access encrypted e-mail as …

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