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US Defense Department Implements Mobile Device Management Strategy


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June 25, 2012

US Defense Department Implements Mobile Device Management Strategy

By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Mobile device management isn’t just for tech companies and large Fortune 500 enterprises – the U.S. Defense Department is also jumping on board. Defense Department employees, like those at many other companies, have taken to smartphones and tablet computers in their work lives as well as their private lives. 

And, much like companies in the commercial sector, the Defense Department is recognizing the need to look into mobile device management solutions. As captured in this MSP Mentor piece, it couldn’t come at a better time in terms of available technology. 

Certain events have occurred that have led to the government’s interest in mobile device management and its proposed strategy. The government officially launched a “national dialogue” on mobility strategies, which takes on everything from security to usability and everything in between. Drawing from the discussions that took place after the launch, the government came up with a published report on mobile device management.

One part of the mobile device management publication dealt with the Department of Defense mobile device strategy, which touches on many items, from the architecture of security to spectrum management. 

According to the document, the Department of Defense has to develop a mobile device management solution that can enhance security and keep compliance in check. It must also allow for support device synchronization, according to the strategy report.

The government is also looking at mobile device management that includes malware detection and gives users the ability to encrypt and remote wipe devices that have been lost or stolen. Another aspect of MDM that has drawn interest from the government is being able to support enhanced monitoring and security as well as the synchronization of devices.

Working alongside the government is the Digital Services Advisory Group, which is assisting in developing guidelines that will direct all agencies in the various mobile device management processes.

The overall objective of this initiative is to “enable the American people and increasingly mobile workforce to access high-quality digital government information and services anywhere, anytime, on any device.” It is also important to make sure that as the government adapts to the advances in technology, that they are able to able to capitalize on the procurement and management of devices and the applications that run on those devices, in a secure and affordable way.

The government has set up many objectives, including developing a government-wide mobile device management platform. Other milestones include establishing a government-wide contract vehicle for mobile devices and wireless services, evaluating government-wide alternatives analysis for all new mobile-related procurements, and developing models for delivery of commercial mobile applications into the federal environment. 

With a clear focus on the importance of mobile device management in the over-reaching strategy, agencies within the bigger government umbrella will be better equipped to leverage their full capability, while also protecting productivity.

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Edited by Jamie Epstein

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