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iOS Devices to be Granted Pentagon Security Clearance This Week

iOS Devices to be Granted Pentagon Security Clearance This Week

The U.S. Department of Defense announced on Friday that it plans to allow Apple devices running iOS 6 onto the Pentagon’s secure network early this week, The approval opens the door for Apple to secure lucrative military contracts currently held in the most part by BlackBerry.

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AppleInsider:

Alana Johnson, a spokesperson for the Pentagon’s Defense Information Systems Agency, told Bloomberg that, if approved next week, government-issued devices running Apple’s iOS 6 would be granted access to highly secure military networks.

The news comes one week after rival Samsung’s Knox-compatible devices received approval for use on DoD systems. BlackBerry has also received approval for its latest BlackBerry 10 operating system.

Apple recently received FIPS 140-2 certification from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Computer Security Division for the iOS CoreCrypto Kernel Module v3.0, a module found in iOS 6.

While the DoD clearance is a step forward for Apple, the Pentagon must build out a mobile device management system to allow iPhones and iPads to be used in their secure environment. No timeline has been announced for such a project.

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