Written byDavid Stegon
The Defense Information Systems Agency released its request for proposal for mobile device management and a mobile application store on Monday.
DISA will accept responses until November 27.
The Mobile Device Management (MDM) capability should provide the application and user level “traffic cop,” to enforce policy for network and end devices.
The MDM institutes the policy, security and permissions that define the functions the user is enabled to conduct on the mobile device. This capability ensures the security of the entire user community is not compromised by an incorrectly configured device.
A unified MDM architecture secures, monitors, manages, and supports accredited mobile devices across a range of DoD environments. This allows for malware detection and policy control of the devices.
MDM also supports over-the-air electronic software distribution (ESD) of applications, remote data-wipe capabilities, remote device configuration management, and asset/property management capabilities protect against key and data compromise.
The Mobile Application Store (MAS) capability is an online digital electronic software distribution (ESD) system often part of the MDM.
Obtaining user application permission rights from the MDM, the MAS can deliver, update and delete applications on the mobile device without the mobile device user having to return the device for service.
The MAS operates in conjunction with the MDM system.
The objective of an Enterprise MAS is to optimize the functionality and distribution of mobile applications to Mobile Devices while minimizing replication, cost, and downtime.
The MAS depends upon the MDM for identification of new, removed, or changed mobile devices to support the PMO Mobility function.
Certification and Accreditation of mobile applications will use a distributed process to facilitate entry into the storefront.