BlackBerry takes another hit as Pentagon

February 27 [Wed], 2013, 14:47
PentagonBlackBerrys () struggling platform will remain a part of the Department of Defenses mobile strategy for the time being, however it will begin to see increased competition from theanddevices. The Pentagon plans to implement a more platform agnostic mobile policy starting by February 2014 when it .

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It wont be a shotgun approach, where everyone gets the same apps and devices, said Lt. Col. Damien Pickart said . The key takeaway is that its a multi-vendor solution. We will have a DoD-wide device management system and a DoD-wide app storefront.

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Pickart noted that the Departments new policy isnt a move to a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy just yet.

Its not BYOD; it is the department migrating to a multi-vendor environment that is going to include more than BlackBerry currently, he said. BYOD is a long-term objective, but were just not there yet. The technology is there, but things like security, were not quite there yet.

The Pentagon is currently examining theoperating system, however Pickart believes that iOS and Android have come a long way and can finally meet the Departments security requirements.

Other systems are maturing in their capability to provide greater security with their systems, he said. The level of security with BlackBerry has been above most, but others are moving toward that and are achieving that.

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