iOS 6 Awaiting Approval for Widespread Governmental Use by US DoD
The new security approvals prepared by the U.S. Department of Defense are about to clear the way for Apple’s iOS 6, iPhone and iPad to be used in government agencies and other security conscious firms. According to The Wall Street Journal’s sources, the DoD is about to declare that Apple’s currently available mobile operating system is suitable for use according to their security-requirement guide. This will grant the use of Apple’s mobile devices for non-classified communication.
Separately, DISA is expected to rule that Apple’s latest operating system, iOS 6, conforms to a different security-requirement guide, these people said. That would allow iPhones and iPads to be used by military agencies for nonclassified communications, like email and Web browsing.
The newspaper emphasizes that the aforementioned security approval could mean that not only the military, but other companies can finally embrace Apple’s handset and popular tablet. In addition, there are also rumours that the DoD will allow the use of Samsung Galaxy Devices, by declaring them up to Pentagon’s Security Technology Implementation Guide.
As the WSJ points out, this approval is different from the commercial mobile device implementation plan the DoD announced back in February, which aims to open the government’s doors to the new devices that Apple and Samsung offer. At the time of the February announcement, BlackBerry held the biggest chunk of mobile handsets used by the DoD with 470,000 devices.