Pentagon to Open Communications Networks to Apple Devices in 2014

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    The U.S. Department of Defense today announced (via Bloomberg) a "commercial mobile device implementation plan" that would allow iOS and Android devices to be used on its secure classified and protected unclassified communication networks beginning in February 2014.
    As Bloomberg notes, BlackBerry is currently the dominant device at the Pentagon with almost 450,000 devices being used by its employees. Over the past several years, BlackBerry has seen its enterprise dominance chipped away by Apple devices, as corporations and other government agencies have been trading in their BlackBerry devices for iOS and Android ones.

    This would mark the first time that commercial products like iPhones and iPads would be allowed on the department's classified networks. The department also plans to create a military mobile applications store and hire a contractor that would build a network system capable of handling as many as 8 million devices.

    Teri Takai, the DoD's chief information officer, said that the move is about "keeping the department's workforce relevant" in a time where information accessibility and cybersecurity are crucial to "mission success." The department currently uses older BlackBerry devices, but the company is set to launch its new BlackBerry Z10 phone, based on the company's revamped operating system, next month.

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    Now people won't need to carry a Blackberry & iPhone. Time to consolidate!
     
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    About damn time. I hate hate hate having to carry a Blackberry around all the time along with my personal iPhone.
     
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    I doubt that commercial devices have the necessary shielding.
     
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    So it's a classified unclassified network?
     
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    I don't think the US government would survive until iOS 7, so 2014?
     
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    They are referring to two different networks. The U.S. has lots of different 'terms' defining how sensitive information is. Secret, Top Secret, Classified, Protected, etc. etc. They have both protected, unclassified networks, and secure classified networks.

    Although I've only seen the truly secure pentagon stuff (in pictures and stuff) via ethernet. Check out any pictures of the "situation room" or other high profile, highly classified areas within the pentagon. All of the laptops are connected via ethernet (tagged with 'classified' ribbons around the cable).

    My younger brother is in the Navy and works in information security and network administration. He says they use ethernet alone for everything classified. So one might think that the 'protected unclassified' would be a form of secure Wi-Fi for devices. Or just a separate network entirely. I wouldn't be surprised if the 'secured classified' network was completely isolated, not physically or otherwise connected to any other network OR to the internet.

    Interestingly though, this article makes it seem like the iPhones and Android devices would be connected to what they are describing as 'secured classified'. So maybe they are opening up the classified (or already have) network to Wi-Fi?

    Who knows. Sure is pretty interesting though.
     
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    Imagine an iDrone using Apple maps taking instructions from Siri? It would probably attack Washington by mistake.
     
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    lol
     
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    Huh. For the kind of... they'd at very least need their own OS.

    ...if not hardware.

    I can't imagine how they'd make use of stock consumer hardware.
     
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    This is a blow to Blackberry. Apple and the android phone makers are now showing they have the security needed at the highest levels.
     
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    Depending on how you look at it it might do it on purpose.
     
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    Now if only the Pentagon brass can drag the patent trolls into a room with the Apple & Android people and say, "Enough is enough. Stop your bickering, we got lots of work to do protecting this country! We need this stuff to work together, not worry about lost sales. Grow up!"
     
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    apple will make 2million of them.. and make similar profit as if they sold 10m consumer phones.. with a lot less work involved than selling the 10m ..

    no biggie..
    :rolleyes:

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    and make no mistake re: this new marriage (at least, new to me)

    nobody.. and i mean nobody on this planet walks around with that much cash and doesn't have a big time say in what's going on..
    they're also further enhanced by how much more content we're being fed as opposed to via TV..

    i'm just sayin..you know?
     
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    When I first saw that huge Department of Defense logo on the front page of Macrumors, I thought the website had been hit with an ICE takedown! :eek:
     
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    Enjoy having your secret service contacts accessed by people using the emergency number bug.
     
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    :d:d:d
     
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    No. There are multiple networks that are not interconnected
     
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    "The department also plans to create a military mobile applications store and hire a contractor that would build a network system capable of handling as many as 8 million devices. "

    lol the military industrial complex. Meanwhile more and more Americans slip into poverty and turn to meth.
     
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    Is this the Department of Defence just bowing to market pressure to allow the two dominant mobile platforms to be used - or have they really tested iOS and Android to be secure enough? Begs that question whether the decision was made before or after the recent spate of security flaws in iOS 6.1, 6.1.1 and 6.1.2?

    Does the DoD allow Microsoft Windows computers - I guess, if they do (as I assume), then really it's anything goes.
     

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