Apple's iOS Devices to be Granted Pentagon Security Clearance Next Week
The U.S. Department of Defense recently said that it plans to allow Apple’s iOS devices onto the Pentagon’s secure network early next week. This opens the door for lucrative military contracts which are currently dominated by BlackBerry.
According to Alana Johnson, the spokesperson for the Pentagon’s Defense Information Systems Agency, if approved next week, government-issued devices running Apple’s iOS 6 would be granted access to highly secure military networks.
This news comes one week after Apple’s smartphone rival Samsung had its Knox-compatible devices cleared for use on DoD systems. The report also noted devices running the latest BlackBerry 10 operating system received certification. Apple seems to have recently made significant headway in the government sector and recently saw the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Computer Security Division grant FIPS 140-2 certification to iOS CoreCrypto Kernel Module version 3.0, a module in iOS 6.
Even though it’s a step in the right direction for Apple, the Pentagon must first build out a mobile device management system in order for iPhone and iPads to proliferate in the secure environment according to Johnson. There seems to be no timeline for such a project as of yet but Apple will likely take the necessary steps to make sure they succeed in the sector.