Department of Defense releases Mobile Implementation Plan

The US Depart of Defense (DoD) has released a new Implementation Plan aimed at ensuring the organisation is capitalizing on the full potential of mobile devices and maximising mobile application security.

The document lays out a strategy for ensuring that all 600,000 mobile-device users within the department are equipped with mobile solutions that are secure and are achieving sufficient vulnerability management.

In order to meet this goal, the DoD will focus on improving three essential areas of mobility – mobile devices, wireless infrastructure and mobile applications.

According to DoD chief information officer Teri Takai, the DoD is aiming to take a leadership role in ensuring that it is fully leveraging mobile device technology.

"As today’s DoD personnel increasingly rely on mobile technology as a key capability enabler for joint force combat operations, the application of mobile technology into global operations, integration of secure and non-secure communications, and development of portable, cloud-enabled capability will dramatically increase the number of people able to collaborate and share information rapidly," said Mr Takai in a statement released February 26.

Mr Takai has noted that the implementation plan is not merely about "embracing the newest technology", but is actually about ensuring that the DoD workforce are able to access information in a secure and confidential manner in order to achieve mission success.

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