According to The Wall Street Journal, the DOD will reportedly grant clearance to Apple and Samsung devices for use by Pentagon officials. In particular, security approval will be awarded to Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones and Apple’s iPhone and iPad running on iOS 6.
The grant for security approval stems from requests for clearance made by Apple and Samsung to allow DoD employees to transition from Blackberry devices, some of which are outdated.
The DOD branch Defense Information Systems Agency will reportedly be the one to evaluate both Apple and Samsung devices in the coming weeks. The DISA is also in charge of approving commercial technology for use inside the Pentagon.
The agency will decide whether Samsung’s Galaxy line of smartphones complies with the agency’s Security Technology Implementation Guide. Samsung’s smartphones come preloaded with the company’s built-in Knox security software.
The agency will also be responsible for sanctioning Apple’s smartphones and tablets running on iOS 6 for use of military agencies in a separate determination. The Apple devices will be used for nonclassified military communications such as basic Web browsing and email messages.
Source: Wall Street Journal