The Pentagon prepared to take iOS and Android devices
Today it is not uncommon to find corporate environments fleeing BYOD and opt for more traditional approaches in which the entire device fleet is homogeneous, ie approving a technological solution (which tend to centrally manage) and it is implemented at all levels of organization. Whether in the private sector or in government, this type of approach simplifies management and, depending on the environment, can help improve the security of their infrastructure and information systems. For the U.S. administration, both the Federal Government and the Department of Defense have been traditionally linked to and used RIM BlackBerry devices as approved solution , however, it appears that the Pentagon is ready to open its scope to adopt Android devices and iOS .
The news is quite interesting though, really, is not Android’s first foray into the ranks of the U.S. military. First, the Defense Department has long worked on his own version (and very safe) Android and homologated a year ago some terminals manufactured by Dell Android (Android 2.2) who were able to interoperate with networks and systems Department of Defense. However, this announcement is something beyond the Agency for Defense Information Systems has bid to acquire a management system that will allow, in the future, apply security policies on about 8 million Android and IOS devices (and continue managing the existing fleet of BlackBerry devices).
The project seems to be addressed gradually and, in this first phase, the idea is to centrally manage approximately 162,500 iOS and Android devices with the possibility of extension to a range of 262,500 terminals during this initial phase of the project (without leaving BlackBerry devices aside should also be able managed from this tool). This announcement, in my opinion, is a blow to RIM as the company has traditionally been the official supplier of the Defense Department and had a niche in which they entered was complicated new players.
At first glance, the scope of the project reminds BlackBerry Mobile Fusion , a product of RIM (which incidentally will come integrated into the BES 10 that allowed us to manage centrally, BlackBerry, iOS and Android in a corporate environment, facilitating management and application profiles, settings or access parameters.
Basically, the idea of the Department of Defense is similar to RIM but shows a change in thinking that surely worry the manufacturer of BlackBerry devices: the DoD wants to “leverage the capabilities offered by devices that are on the market” ie, Android tablets or Apple’s iPad can cover DoD needs for security policies, can not be met and, with the idea of adopting these devices is to “save the leap” security by development that will fill these “gaps”.
The evolution, personally, I find it very logical and may even have some parallels with the Bring Your Own Device, the user wants to devices that are useful in their work and to provide the functionality required to meet their needs (rather than being anchored a rigid scheme), which sometimes clashes with monolithic policies technological homogeneity. If we add that, as we go up the hierarchy, the predilection for devices “hipper” tends to increase, it is strange to see “certain exceptions” that, over time, have become the norm if is to increase the security risk.
It is not unreasonable to think that, as a result of this interest in the adoption of iOS and Android, RIM operations with this “big customer” are affected since they can shake their hegemony as the project progresses also become competitive this singular niche (and required special security certifications to operate it).
Of course, a decline in BlackBerry handset sales in this niche does not mean that the company will remain completely superseded precisely BlackBerry Mobile Fusion could have much to say in this contract and, perhaps, the company could find a new line of business its portfolio of services (its great value differential) to the detriment of its portfolio of terminals.
An interesting project that, in my opinion, can be seen as a commitment to technology neutrality and interoperability.
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