Android devices should not be part of the bring-your-own-device program for Internal Revenue Service employees until the agency reviews Android's security vulnerabilities, says the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
The National Security Agency can access user data on iPhones, Android devices and even BlackBerrys, which were once considered by many to have the most secure operating system, according to top secret NSA documents viewed by German newspaper Der Spiegel.
Working in an area affected by a disaster means connectivity can be a challenge. Cells on wheels and light trucks only go so far to re-establish connectivity, said Karole Johns, program manager for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's disaster assistance improvement program.
The Drug Enforcement Administration has tried but is unable to intercept communications sent over Apple's iMessage service, according to an internal DEA document obtained by CNET.
A third of Americans who have visited a federal website have done so on a mobile device, according to figures released by the analytics company ForeSee and based on the American Customer Satisfaction Index. They largely did so on Apple products, ForeSee found.
While New York City's homicide rate is the lowest since 1963, Mayor Michael Bloomberg blames a rise in thefts of Apple iPhones and iPads for a slight increase in major crimes committed in the city in 2012, a New York Times blog post says.
The Homeland Security Department is seeking input on smartphone peripheral devices that officers can use to read travel documents, driver's licenses, cargo labels and biometric data, according to a DHS request for information. The RFI wants to know of connectivity for iPhones, Android devices and BlackBerry phones.
The National Transportation Safety Board says it will replace the BlackBerrys currently in use at the agency in favor of Apple iPhones. In a Nov. 13 notice posted to FedBizOpps, NTSB cited poor performance as the reason for the switch.
The Navy Department has closed between five and seven data centers so far as part of its effort to reduce its total down to 25 or below by 2017, departmental Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen told reporters Nov. 26. That the department has closed so far only 5 percent or less of the data centers it needs to doesn't mean that progress hasn't been made, Halvorsen said.
The UK government now considers iOS 6 devices such as iPhones secure enough to handle sensitive communications. Until now, the Communications-Electronics Security Group, part of the British intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters, has only allowed BlackBerrys to handle secure information, according to a report in The Register.