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Army defends its mobile device security plan

DOD inspector general revises critical report it yanked off Web about Army cybersecurity, though findings remain the same

By , Network World
April 05, 2013 02:17 PM ET

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This distinction is important to the Army in the future, the comments said, as it strives to bring CMDs it's using into a management system used with a mobile-application store, which it hopes to achieve by the end of fiscal year 2014.

Revised comments also point out that the Army has transitioned more than 1 million users to the DOD/DISA [Defense Information Systems Agency] email enterprise unclassified system, making DISA the Army's email provider.

"As DISA establishes the [mobile device management] and [mobile-application store] architecture, Army mobile devices will become managed mobile devices," the revised Army CIO comments said. "The governance and oversight will be established as a DISA service." DISA will be responsible for "visibility, oversight of proper configuration, and management of all devices."

Ellen Messmer is senior editor at Network World, an IDG publication and website, where she covers news and technology trends related to information security. Twitter: @MessmerE. Email:

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