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  • Australia Green Lights iOS for Sensitive Government Business


    Australians may have a problem with Apple's allegedly false claims regarding the iPad's 4G potential down under, but the Australian government has no problems with iOS when it comes to dealing with sensitive government information.

    According to the Sydney Daily Herald, acting director of the Defense Signals Directorate (DSD), Mike Burgess, said Friday that devices running iOS 5 have been authorized to handle secret information up to "Protected Level."

    "Embracing new technologies, such as smartphones and tablet PCs, provides government with a genuine opportunity to conduct its business more efficiently," he said. "However, the threat of government information being stolen or compromised is also very real."

    But as it turns out, iOS 5 is pretty secure. And for that reason, it passed with flying colors an evaluation using a "stringent and intensive security assessment" to prove itself to be up to the Australian Government's strict security requirements.

    So the land down under is now full of spies, operatives, and other high-ranking government personnel using iPads and iPhones to communicate classified information.

    No word yet on whether kangaroos use FaceTime to communicate with their little ones in the pouch. MMi will keep you posted.

    Source: Sydney Daily Herald
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Australia Green Lights iOS for Sensitive Government Business started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 12 Comments
    1. I'm fae fife's Avatar
      I'm fae fife -
      Wow. An article on Australians and there had to be mention of a kangaroo. Talk about stereotyping! They're going to be fuming when they sober up and read this tomorrow.
    1. Hexane's Avatar
      Hexane -
      Quote Originally Posted by I'm fae fife View Post
      Wow. An article on Australians and there had to be mention of a kangaroo. Talk about stereotyping! They're going to be fuming when they sober up and read this tomorrow.
      Yes, because it makes perfect sense to criticize modmyi of sterotyping and then imply that every Australian drinks.

      I'm Australian and frankly, **** you ModMyI. I really don't have much else to say because really, **** some of the writers here make them selves look stupid enough without anyone else pointing it out.
    1. Nickothasicko's Avatar
      Nickothasicko -
      Calm down Hexane,

      If non-Australians like to think that we all used to ride Kangaroos to school and thats good for tourism thats cool! We get to giggle at the fantasy of how they want to see us. I think its kinda cute, which is how i remember the female hospitality when i was in the US last letting my accent hyponotise
    1. I'm fae fife's Avatar
      I'm fae fife -
      Strewth hexane. Chill.

      There was me thinking ozzies had a sense of humour. After all it was you guys that gave the world Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan. Have another beer and stick a shrimp on the barby before your cork falls off your hat.
    1. Raahem's Avatar
      Raahem -
      Quote Originally Posted by Hexane View Post
      Yes, because it makes perfect sense to criticize modmyi of sterotyping and then imply that every Australian drinks.

      I'm Australian and frankly, **** you ModMyI. I really don't have much else to say because really, **** some of the writers here make them selves look stupid enough without anyone else pointing it out.
      I agree with both of you. I thought it was only Anthony but no, all writers on this site are pathetic.

      I would also point out:
      "allegedly false claims" please pull your head out of Apple's arse. They are indeed false claims.
    1. docmagoo2's Avatar
      docmagoo2 -
      Goodness, yet to meet an Aussie that got offended at anything! Even when we beat them at cricket!
    1. Hexane's Avatar
      Hexane -
      Quote Originally Posted by I'm fae fife View Post
      Strewth hexane. Chill.

      There was me thinking ozzies had a sense of humour. After all it was you guys that gave the world Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan. Have another beer and stick a shrimp on the barby before your cork falls off your hat.
      Alright then, Implying you're american you must have a pet bald eagle and Big Macs are your staple food.

      Quote Originally Posted by Nickothasicko View Post
      Calm down Hexane,

      If non-Australians like to think that we all used to ride Kangaroos to school and thats good for tourism thats cool! We get to giggle at the fantasy of how they want to see us. I think its kinda cute, which is how i remember the female hospitality when i was in the US last letting my accent hyponotise
      I honestly thought ModMyi had more sense then **** like that.


      Michael Essany: There's no such thing as a Sydney Daily Herald either, try Sydney Morning Herald and then try work on that humor a bit.
    1. norfskate's Avatar
      norfskate -
      Quote Originally Posted by Hexane View Post
      Alright then, Implying you're american you must have a pet bald eagle and Big Macs are your staple food.
      Yeah "I'm fae fife"! Clearly you are American (because everyone is, right?), it's not like your ******* username tells us where in the world you're from!!!
    1. I'm fae fife's Avatar
      I'm fae fife -
      In what way did I imply that I'm American. Yes I'm fat but how could you tell from my statements. I'm from the Kingdom of Fife( google it).

      You little ripper

      Helen Daniels. R.I.P
    1. inappropriate response's Avatar
      inappropriate response -
      wow talk about storm in a bbq.
    1. KraXik's Avatar
      KraXik -
      All this stereotyping has worn me out! I'm off for some tea and crumpets with the Queen.



    1. sunhillcopper's Avatar
      sunhillcopper -
      oh dear, not a single comment on what the article was principlaly about. Blackberry has been the mainstay for all government employees that needed portable email access as it was seen as secure enough. Now that iOS has been given this status, it will be the death of blackberry and the clamour for iPad and iPhones within goverment will be immense.
      YES YES YES - I can't wait to ditch the blackberry!!