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The National Security Agency is launching a mobile device capability at the end of this year that will allow its personnel to securely access classified information with their smartphones and tablet computers. The program, which is a t effort with the Defense Information Systems Agency, could potentially provide the military services with similar secure information access capabilities.
Secure access to top secret data has been the Holy Grail for mobile device use in the military and intelligence communities. But a of technological hurdles had prevented this, most notably the fact that commercial mobile operating systems and devices were not developed to meet stringent government security requirements.
In the last few years, the government has worked with industry to develop more secure versions of mobile operating systems. Where a commercial solution has not been available, the military and intelligence communities developed specialized software to increase the security features of civilian handhelds. NSA is working with DISA to roll the lessons learned from its ongoing nonclassified mobile efforts into its operational secret-level capability that kicks off at the end of this December, Lange said at a recent enterprise architecture conference in Washington, D.
The NSA mobility program concentrates on three components: working closely with industry, establishing a mobile enterprise capability, and publishing and updating capability packages. Originally, the NSA had wanted a purely commercial device for the classified program, Lange said. This lines up with agency efforts to provide purely commercial solutions for its mobile device needs.
But security concerns required the addition of some government-only systems, he added. That classified program is now poised to become fully operational, he said. Meanwhile, DISA is in the third phase of a program to provide unclassified mobile access to top Army officials. One of the challenges of the effort is making sure commercial smartphones and tablets used in the program meet DOD standards for security, Hickey said.
The DOD is working with manufacturers and third parties to lock down the operating system in the devices to get them in line with military requirements, he said. The Army has recently installed a wifi capability into its Warfighter Information Network-Tactical WIN-T communications backbone that allows officers to securely access wireless services and applications in the field.
This move to wireless in the DOD reflects a convergence between commercial technology and government applications and uses, Hickey said. DISA now has a web site up that lists security guidelines for agencies interested in launching mobile device programs, Hickey said.
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