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The Army isn't keeping issued smartphones secure

As smartphones that run Google’s Android OS and Apple’s iOS have become more popular with the general population, they have found favor with soldiers and other military leaders. As a result, the U.S. military recently conducted an audit with the goal of evaluating how personal mobile devices affect a soldier's professional duty.

The audit specifically looked at the use of iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile devices among Army personnel and in Army facilities when the devices were connected to Wi-Fi networks. The Department of Defense says that it tracked the use of 842 devices and believes that the findings in the audit are indicative of the over 14,000 mobile devices that the Army has purchased for soldiers.

The audit reportedly found weaknesses in the mobile strategy of the Army and reports indicate that the Army Chief Information Officer, Lieutenant General Susan S Lawrence, failed to give a number of critical instructions to Army personnel. According to the audit, Lawrence did not require secure storage for data on mobile devices.

The audit also found that Lawrence didn't require the military to keep devices free of malware and monitor mobile devices while they were connected to computers. In addition, the audit discovered that there were almost 15,000 unauthorized devices in use with the Army.

The audit specifically discovered that there were 276 mobile devices in use at one facility while the chief information officer was only aware of 180 of those devices. Other concerns raised by the audit included the fact that many of the Army's mobile devices have no password protection, ran outdated versions of operating system, and many had no protective software installed.

Source: Fox News

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Simple activesync policies
By jimbojimbo on 4/8/2013 11:51:08 AM , Rating: 2
Several of their concerns are met easily but setting some basic ActiveSync policies and blocking those devices that do not full accept them in Exchange. That is IF they are connecting their email.

RE: Simple activesync policies
By Argon18 on 4/8/2013 12:03:33 PM , Rating: 1
Not everybody uses Exchange. Some prefer more secure and more flexible solutions from other vendors, particularly when sensitive data is involved.

RE: Simple activesync policies
By Manch on 4/8/2013 3:28:52 PM , Rating: 2
US Military uses exchange

RE: Simple activesync policies
By BRB29 on 4/9/2013 7:51:10 AM , Rating: 2
depends, there's different types of email accounts and they are entirely different servers.

US military does use Microsoft Exchange server for their regular email

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