Tag Archives: smartphones

Kevin Cox: GSA Mobile Guidelines to Address Risk

The Obama administration’s guidelines for agencies on how to protect their smartphones and tablets will not approve specific devices for use in the government, a Justice Department official told Federal Times. Kevin Cox, who serves on the interagency team working on mobile security standards, told the newspaper the guidelines are …

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Pentagon Shoring Up Smartphone Security

The Defense Department is opening up to smartphones and tablets and trying to do it securely, a Pentagon official said Monday. AFPS reports the department is concerned with issues regarding users’ general lack of knowledge of how the devices work, potentially compromising the devices. “We do want this innovation in …

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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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Army Giving Soldiers Smartphones Soon

The U.S. Army is winding down a six-week program testing the viability of using touchscreen phones and tablets in combat. According to CNN, Army officials are encouraged by the results and smartphone-equipped soldiers could be sent overseas later this year. “These young soldiers grew up with this technology,” said Michael …

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Attention, Techies! NSA Wants YOU

NSA Launches High-Tech Recruiting Tools The National Security Agency is launching a full-court press to recruit new hires for its cybersecurity initiatives. The high-tech outreach efforts to the digital generation represent one of the largest hiring efforts in recent years, the agency said. NSA is leveraging the power and ubiquity …

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Air Force CIO Sees Future in Smartphones

The U.S. Air Force chief information officer wants the service to use smartphones and mobile applications to begin laying the foundation for a 21st-century fighting force, according to a report on Nextgov. In echoes of the Army’s smartphone plans, the other military services are discovering that yes, there is even …

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