[ISN] DISA OKs secure Android mobile system for DOD

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2012 01:54:03 -0600 (CST)

By Henry Kenyon
Jan 05, 2012

The Defense Information Systems Agency has certified a secure 
Android-based mobile system for use by Defense Department agencies. The 
system allows DOD personnel to sign, encrypt and decrypt e-mail, and 
securely access data from a smart phone or tablet computer.

Developed by Good Technology for use on DOD-approved Dell Streak 5 smart 
phones, the capability meets DOD Directive 8100.2 that requires the use 
of secure, multipurpose Internet mail extension together with with a DOD 
common access card and interoperability with the DOD’s public-key 

There has been much interest in Android open system, but commercially 
available devices lacked the necessary security, said Chris Roberts, 
Good’s vice president for public-sector business. Government customers 
wanted a version of Android that they could harden and manage.

It was the Army’s interest in the Dell Streak and the need for it to 
meet security guidelines that led the company became involved in the 
process, he said. Good initially worked with Dell to augment the 
security of the Android operating system on the Streak 5 devices.


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