Enterprise mobility management provider Good Technology has received approval for their Secure Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), allowing the Department of Defense and other government agencies to use the company’s suite of mobility products on Apple’s iOS7 operating system.
The STIG allows for the implementation of Good’s mobile device management system, mobile email management system, mobile application management and secure email. The platform provides the ability for app containerization, access to an enterprise app store and S/MIME support for both smart cards and derived credentials.
Chris Roberts, global public sector vice president for Good, says the U.S. Air Force and pockets of the U.S. Army that already have Good licenses have been asking to use their products with iOS devices for some time.
“There has been quite a bit of a push from a number of different entities inside the DOD to make sure that there was a way to implement iOS7 and Good together,” Roberts told FedScoop.
The STIG is Good’s sixth since the company started working with DISA in 2006. The company now says its the only mobility provider to be validated on three separate operating systems: iOS, Android and Windows phone.
“The Department of Defense continues to be concerned with securing mobile devices and they turn to DISA to provide an outline of best practices for mobility,” said Nicko van Someren, chief technical officer at Good Technology, in a release. “This sixth STIG approval, coupled with Good Technology being the only EMM provider to be awarded the Common Criteria EAL4+ certification for iOS and Android…is another validation that government agencies can rely on Good for secure mobility, no matter which devices or operating systems are being deployed.”
Roberts says with the entirety of Good’s platform now through the STIG process, agencies can begin to embrace what mobility allows them to harness.
“What it really means is that we are getting people inside the DOD to move beyond just receiving email on devices, to being able to really focus on how to execute missions better,” Roberts says. “No matter whether its the DOD or the rest of the government, budgets are tight and demands are increasing and this really opens up their world to start thinking more about how to get to the things that are most important.”