Posted 05/20/2013 at 2:44 PM
Posted 3 years ago
Earlier this month, the U.S. Defense Department announced that BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BlackBerry Playbook tablets, along with Samsung’s Android-based Knox platform, had all received clearance to be used in the government’s move towards a multivendor policy, giving workers a greater choice of mobile devices. On Friday, the DoD confirmed that Apple would be joining the list of vendors after the iOS 6 Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) received approval.
“Approval of the STIG means that government-issued iOS 6 mobile devices are approved for use when connecting to DoD networks within current mobility pilots or the future mobile device management framework,” said an official agency statement.
The approval means that Apple devices will now take their place alongside Android and newer BlackBerry handsets in competing for government worker use, as so many of them have relied on older BlackBerry operating systems to protect sensitive data for so long. The move towards multiple vendors and operating systems is thought to have been given the go-ahead by the Pentagon, so that U.S. military operations are given access to the most advanced mobile technology. And as smartphone and tablet fans know, no one pushes the boundaries of technology more than Apple and Samsung.
The corporate market is where the money is, so Cupertino will be extra jubilant about the approval. iOS has always been a pretty secure OS, and the DoD’s announcement proves it. Android, on the other hand, has long been dogged by security problems, but Knox is a sign of a turnaround, and may eventually find its way to an accepting general consumer market.
Apple currently has around 41,000 devices, in operational and pilot use, within government; however, with STIG approval, they, along with Samsung, will now be hoping to make a serious dent in the 470,000-device stronghold of BlackBerry. Don’t expect it to be long before they do.