Pentagon to adopt BYOD

Pentagon to adopt BYOD

The Pentagon has long been seen as one of the brightest lights in high-security, but reports have suggested it is willing to move with the times and attempt a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) approach to their daily operations.

The use of the personal devices within the workplace has become increasingly popular over the course of recent years, with organisations in a variety of sectors recognising the advantages that come with BYOD, including greater flexibility, higher morale and higher productivity.

However, there have been challenges, with the addition of mobile devices to corporate networks often causing headaches for IT departments, many of whom have expressed concerns with security.

Yet that has not deterred the Pentagon, with the chief information officer at the Defence Department, Terry Halvorsen recently telling reporters that BYOD could be used by the organisation by the summer.  

He said: “I’m not saying that’s the right answer everywhere, and what I suspect will happen in the DOD because of our size and all the businesses we’re in, there will be places that bring your own device is going to work in. There are going to be a whole lot of places where it doesn’t.”

“I think one of the things that would be helpful is if people did some homework on bring your own device, where that’s working and where it’s not,” he added.

Staff at the DOD will be the main focus of the pilot, with all devices used having to meet the agency's strict standard of security and falling under 'classified' or 'unclassified' operations.

For unclassified operations, the DOD has issued "dual-persona” BlackBerry smartphones while classified operations will be carried out on modified commercial Android phones.

A total of 1,500 unclassified phones have been issued, a figure that could be greater were the DOD able keep up with demand.