Anyone anticipating a formal follow-up to the Digital Government Strategy should stop doing so, senior federal information technology officials told a March 7 conference audience.
What's worked for laptops and desktops won't work for mobile devices when it comes to verifying users' identity, says the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Enter what NIST calls a "derived credential," a way of taking the identity verification and encryption key infrastructure built up since 2004 for the identity smartcards and applying it to mobile devices.
Small businesses that rely on mobile technology face a variety of challenges, said a panel speaking before the House Small Business Committee. Access to wireless services is one concern for those in rural areas, said Brian Marshall, owner of Marshall Farms in Maysville, Mo., during the Feb. 11 hearing.
The need for 9-1-1 location services to work with cellphone calls was broadly agreed upon during a Senate hearing Jan. 16, but public safety and industry representatives differed on how federal regulators should be involved.
National roaming could provide one solution to severe mobile network outages that can threaten European security and resilience, says a new report from the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security.
The Defense Department will begin using its mobile device management system and mobile application store by the end of the year, said DoD Public Affairs Officer Lt Col Damien Pickart. Digital Management, Inc., the Bethesda, Md.-based contractor that won the contract June 27, will provide the department with initial operating capability no later than Dec. 31.
For people in weak and failed states--where most live on less than $2 a day and governments do not reliably and consistently control the use of force within their territories--the potential benefit of this technology is huge, finds a paper published in The Washington Quarterly.
The Census Bureau is exploring new technology for the 2020 Census. By the time it begins collecting data it hopes the Internet will be the primary response option and it plans to use data the government already has to complete information for households that do not respond, said Census Bureau Director John Thompson. Still, field workers will be needed to go door-to-door, and that's where a bring your own device strategy may prove useful.
Agencies increasingly use, or plan to use, the biometric data PIV cards to control access to agency networks, but the rise of mobile devices has put a crimp in that, since card readers may easily be integrated into desktops or laptops, but not smartphones or tablets.
What makes Rifleman Radio different from traditional radio is that Army tethers smartphones to Rifleman Radio devices with cables and blocks wireless connectivity.