Both military and civilian employees of the Department of Defense (DoD) can now use Apple’s tablets and smartphones for tasks that aren’t related to high security.
The approval came from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) in the form of a Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG).
A statement from the DISA says:
“The release of the Apple iOS 6 STIG is a major stride in building a multi-vendor environment, supporting a diverse selection of devices and operating systems. This STIG and the recently-approved STIGs for the BlackBerry and Samsung Knox operating systems demonstrate DISA’s commitment to validate a range of devices that meet DoD security standards so the best technology is available to achieve DoD mission requirements.”
The Pentagon can now begin ordering Apple iPads and iPhones, devices running the recently-released BlackBerry 10 operating system, as well as Samsung Android-based models that include the Knox security system.
While the DoD is not expected to purchase huge numbers of tablets and smartphones, getting approval from the DISA is likely to encourage companies in the private sector to consider these products secure enough to give to their own employees.