WALL STREET JOURNAL Off-the-shelf mobile devices becoming government-issue standard

By JDavis | 9/20/09 7:26 PM

Until recently, government employees were rarely issued mobile devices like mobile internet devices or Blackberry's, usually because of the perceived security problem. That's changing, and fast. More and more often, government IT departments have decided "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" and are rapidly outfitting their employees with commercial off-the-shelf mobile communications devices. These consumer devices, previously only issued to the highest-level government employees, are now much more likely to be found in the hands of the rank-and-file. That has dramatically expanded the government's mobile device population (and its over-the-air data traffic), leading some experts to worry that sensitive government communications are becoming less, not more, secure.

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