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http://www.washingtonpost.com/busine...1EH_story.html

Somewhere in America, perhaps at this very moment, a bad guy is under video surveillance. He is being watched, every movement, every step — but not on a little TV. That’s so 2009. Instead, a special agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is keeping tabs on an iPad.

This is not a movie. This is not a Steve Jobs dream. This is the federal government 2.0, where technology upgrades no longer come at a “Little House on the Prairie” pace. Even President Obama, a BlackBerry devotee, has upgraded. He now owns an iPad, and it has been seen on his desk and under his arm.

The flashy consumer products that have been adopted in the corporate workforce — upending BlackBerrys for iPhones, Microsoft Outlook for Gmail, and lately laptops for iPads — are now invading the federal government. The State Department. The Army. The Department of Veterans Affairs. NASA. The General Services Administration is in the process of moving 17,000 employees onto Gmail.
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Does apple's iOS have better encryption than blackberries? I thought it was the other way around...
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Does apple's iOS have better encryption than blackberries? I thought it was the other way around...
iOS has a several security layers. The whole walled garden approach is really paying off benefits here.

I'm guessing what your specifically asking about is the email and blackberry enterprise system. iOS uses microsoft exchange server natively, so it should be as secure as that proven system.

Apparently security isn't necessary for lots of uses as the other main thrust is that GMail is going to be a big winner for goverment usage.
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Does apple's iOS have better encryption than blackberries? I thought it was the other way around...
You presume that's the reason for the switch.
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Does apple's iOS have better encryption than blackberries? I thought it was the other way around...
That's what I thought.
Not to mention that iOS's encryption has been compromised.
http://www.informationweek.com/news/229700041
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That's what I thought.
Not to mention that iOS's encryption has been compromised.
http://www.informationweek.com/news/229700041
if you read the article, and you have basic knowledge of the field, compromised is a strong word for something that requires physical access to the phone for the entire time and still needs the passcode cracked to access the data.

If you used a strong passcode, mainly your data still seems safe. Considering iOS4 is a year old, thats pretty freaking good.

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The information that can be recovered from an iOS 4 device is limited, however, unless a forensic investigator (or attacker) recovers the passcode for the device. Accordingly, one of the best ways to protect an iOS 4 device is to disable its "simple password" setting and to use a long, complex password that can't be guessed via dictionary attacks, since this makes it extremely difficult or even impossible to brute-force the password.
So yes, the tool lets you through one gate... and at the data. The data is still encrypted. Tell me if a blackberry does better if you have free physical access to the device.
Edited by hellonwheelz - 5/31/11 at 8:38am
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When I was at the NSA, they were doing extensive testing of the iPad and iPhones and working on security updates to deem them fit for federal government usage. Apple gave them mostly full reign to upgrade and modify the existing iOS packages to suit the security level and application flexibility that the government wanted and needed.
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iOS has a several security layers. The whole walled garden approach is really paying off benefits here.

I'm guessing what your specifically asking about is the email and blackberry enterprise system. iOS uses microsoft exchange server natively, so it should be as secure as that proven system.

Apparently security isn't necessary for lots of uses as the other main thrust is that GMail is going to be a big winner for goverment usage.
+1 and tyvm, I remember reading that Obama was using a BlackBerry for it's encryption so I was surprised to see iOS devices gaining government support for their security.

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When I was at the NSA, they were doing extensive testing of the iPad and iPhones and working on security updates to deem them fit for federal government usage. Apple gave them mostly full reign to upgrade and modify the existing iOS packages to suit the security level and application flexibility that the government wanted and needed.
that's very interesting! +1 tyvm

Makes sense if they're allowed to tailor the security.

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You presume that's the reason for the switch.
*Shrugs*

I'm no insider, i just read the articles
Edited by johonm333 - 5/31/11 at 9:23am
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The main point is, it's time for a new dog, Blackberry isn't as secure as it used to be, and while they probably will not phase out blackberry completely, introducing a new OS to the government playing field works in our favor, by diversifying the environments that a hacker or hackers, would need to be versed in.
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I would rather the government save money and buy the cheaper option. If it is cheaper to go apple because of giving them deals ok but I still worry about apple tracking the government. What an odd idea lol
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