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Pentagon deploys iPad pilots in a most-secure way

posted Jan 30, 2012, 10:30 AM by Eric Lai
"Some of Rummel’s Dilbert-like anecdotes will be familiar to anyone who has worked in enterprise IT or deployed mobile devices. Others highlight the type of measures that only an uber-security-conscious body with 3 million-plus employees must - and will - take. As part of a federal green initiative, the Pentagon wanted to test the iPad as document e-reader for its executives. It brought Qivliq in, which set up several pilots of 20 to 40 iPads each last year. Despite the fact that all of the documents would be unclassified, Rummel still had to go by the book - in this case, the Security Technical Implementation Guide, or STIG, which serves as the bible for how government PCs and devices must be configured and managed. For instance, iTunes is wholly banned from government PCs - an obvious problem since iTunes is needed for synchronizing with and setting up new iPads. Using Rummel’s personal PC seemed out of the question, since only government-owned PCs are allowed on Pentagon networks. Any personal PC detected on a Pentagon network can be whisked away by security officials, and not returned for weeks or months.";content