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[ISN] DOD to allow Android on classified networks

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_nospam>
Date: Thu Jan 26 2012 - 06:55:14 GMT

By Amber Corrin
Jan 24, 2012

New security standards expected to be approved soon would let devices
powered by the Android operating system use the Defense Department's
classified networks, according to an Army official.

DOD and National Institute of Standards and Technology are close to
approving the standards, according to Michael McCarthy, program manager
and director of operations, Army Brigade Modernization Command. The
standards will allow service members, DOD personnel and other government
users to use the devices on classified networks, including the
military’s Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet).

McCarthy spoke Jan. 24 at the Soldier Technology 2012 conference in
Arlington, Va. He said the goal is to have Android smart phones and
tablets able to connect to SIPR-level systems by the summer. This
development marks a critical step forward for tactical operations and
represents the high priority that mobile communications have become, he

“There were going to be no information assurance [standards issued]
until 2014, but with the groundswell of interest and needs, the agencies
responsible for certification are giving this a higher priority,”
McCarthy said. “The key is that it allows users from DOD and other
agencies to access databases that in the past they couldn’t get to using
a smart phone.”


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