At DoD, a Big Step Toward Apple and Android

October 23, 2012

The Defense Department has taken a major step to expand a mobile strategy that could topple the BlackBerry as its dominant mobile device.

Late Monday, the Defense Information Systems Agency released a request for proposal detailing DoD’s need for software that can monitor, manage and enforce security requirements for Apple and Android devices. The solution, known as a mobile device management or MDM solution, will not be required to support BlackBerry and Windows devices.

Ultimately, DoD expects its MDM solution will support 8 million devices, including all department-issued mobile devices and computers.

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