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US Air Force beefs up mobile security with Good Technology

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The US Air Force has signed a deal with Good Technology to secure its mobile fleet and ensure that personal and official data are kept separate on the device.

Using an initial rollout based on Good for Enterprise, which offers access to email, documents, contacts, calendar, tasks and the organisation's intranet, the US Air Force is handing out around 10,000 smartphones and tablets to its personnel. This is part of the organisations efforts to improve its mobile capabilities, where it wants to offer workers as much choice as possible without compromising security.

The capabilities offered by Good Technology provide a “containerised” approach, which means all the Air Force data and applications are protected and kept separate from all personal data and applications. All official data is encrypted at all times, meaning Air Force personnel are free to use non-work related apps such as Twitter and Facebook without any danger to the sensitive Air Force data.

Using this technology means all Air Force personnel will comply with US Department of Defense (DOD) guidelines for mobile device security, which is essential if the organisation is to push on with its mobile strategy.

It works on Apple and Android devices, giving Air Force personnel the option to use either popular mobile system. The Air Force IT department will be able to track and remotely wipe any device that is lost or stolen.

“Security must come first,” said William E. Marion II, chief technology officer, US Air Force Space Command. “We want to deliver the tools needed to enhance mission productivity and operational capabilities through our IT infrastructure. Empowering airmen with the right mission tools, regardless of location, is critical.”

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