Android Gets Toe In Pentagon Front Door - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Infrastructure // PC & Servers
09:39 AM
Connect Directly

Android Gets Toe In Pentagon Front Door

The US Department of Defense has approved the use of certain specific Android devices on their networks.

Defense Department networks are no longer a BlackBerry-only zone according to Stars and Stripes.

Only Dell devices running Dell's version of Android 2.2 are approved and, to make matters even more restrictive, Dell has discontinued their Streak tablet line running Android, but their Venue smart phones remain on sale.

Classified information cannot be accessed on the devices and browsing must be performed through a DoD proxy server. Users cannot access the Google Android market (and certainly not 3rd party markets).

Click here for the PDF memo from the DISA (Defense Information Systems Agency) announcing the Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) for Android. Click here for the actual STIG.

The DISA has efforts underway at an earlier stage to support Apple's iOS and Windows Phone, but Android's open source design is probably better suited to their needs, as it is easier to audit both the hardware and software. DoD could make a custom Android distribution on their own and direct the production of Android models with OEM manufacturers in order to audit the hardware designs.

Still, as this Bloomberg report explains, various US military operations are developing mobile apps both for Android and iOS. Previously, the only approved devices were RIM BlackBerries.

Hat tip to Slashdot.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
How GIS Data Can Help Fix Vaccine Distribution
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  2/17/2021
Graph-Based AI Enters the Enterprise Mainstream
James Kobielus, Tech Analyst, Consultant and Author,  2/16/2021
11 Ways DevOps Is Evolving
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  2/18/2021
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Current Issue
2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you.
Flash Poll