3 mobile security must-reads for federal leaders


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One of the most pressing issues facing government, mobile technology use and the associated privacy and security concerns may have found resolution.

The Homeland Security Department, Defense Department and the National Institute of Standards and Technology released May 23 the Federal Mobile Security Baseline, Mobile Computing Decision Framework and the Mobile Security Reference Architecture. Combined, these documents provide a baseline of standard security requirements for mobile computing as well as a mobile security reference architecture.

These standards allow federal executives and program managers to assess risks associated with the current mobile environment needed to support specific agency missions. Baseline standards for security help employees mitigate mobile risk to a level acceptable to senior leadership. Agencies can now take full advantage of mobile technology, giving employees the flexibility and on-demand resources they need to work efficiently without jeopardizing privacy or security.

The Federal Mobile Security Baseline provides a minimum set of security controls for mobile devices, while the Mobile Computing Decision Framework helps agencies determine what mobile capabilities most effectively support their mission goals. For the larger, architectural components of mobile security services, the Mobile Security Reference Architecture is instructive.

Today’s documents are part of the governmentwide Digital Government Strategy, released exactly one year ago and designed to create a modern digital government to better serve citizens.

The Federal Mobile Security Baseline, Mobile Security Reference Architecture and Mobile Computing Decision Framework can be found on CIO.gov.

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BYOD, Commerce Department, Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Departments, mobile and wireless, mobility, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Tech
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