The Defense Department has approved the Android Knox smartphone made by Samsung and new BlackBerry smartphones and tablets running Enterprise Service 10 software for use on its networks.
The Pentagon did not approve the use of Apple smartphones or tables yet, which numerous media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal,speculated would happen this week.
Pentagon spokesman Air Force Lt. Col. Damien Pickart said the approvals represent “a significant step towards establishing a multi-vendor environment that supports a variety of state-of-the-art devices and operating systems.”
He said several other devices are undergoing the department’s Security Technical Implementation Guides approval process. It establishes a configuration that allows a secure connection to Defense networks by eliminating the need for security reviews at the individual organization level.
Pickart said the level of security necessary departmentwide does not rest solely on any one mobile device. The network and software also must be secured and managed appropriately.