Establish Federal Mobility Infrastructure Standards

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Define and establish common infrastructure layers to support mobility (network security, device management, etc.).

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  1. Comment
    joshua.love

    There is some interesting work that is being done within the DoD that could easily be turned into the federal infrastructure standard. There just needs to be some legal hurdles that need to be overcame to make it happen.

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    Carey Bandler

    The problem, as Joshua stated above, is legal hurdles for starters. Another is culture. Agencies often have varying levels of security requirements and when you talk about connecting from 'outside of the building' you get the cyber folks very nervous. A robust Enterprise Mobile Device Management capability working in conjunction with a proven authentication/user ID Management system can facilitate this as well as enabling a trusted "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) environment.

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    Anmy Torres

    Suggest we adopt infrastructure standards from industry since many companies have already invested millions to figure out what works in various markets globally. There are great products (software/hardware) already in the market in MDM (for example) that can provide the data integrity we all need. Not all companies may be interested in tailoring their products to meet Gov needs, but there is enough selection for us to start.

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      sweerek

      I've reviewed the MDM market wrt security. These are just bolt-on security apps for almost universal fundamentally weak consumer devices. They look pretty, try thier best, and market well but... they're just wet bandaids - easily removed and offer not much protection to anything who know to just go around.

      The problem of adopting industry standards is there this thing called bankruptcy. We intentionally built our capital markets for risk, accepting of failure, and moving on fast w/in defined structure. The Govt cannot likewise fail safely - that's called revolution, invasion, civil war, etc.

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    joseph.a.gilvary

    The benefits of standardizing approaches across the federal agencies will include fostering a wider selection of implementations from providers.

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    wjhuie

    I think this is a foundational point for most of the other suggestions. I'd encourage 'standards' to not just be thought of in the technical sense, but also in the legal and procedural ones as well, i.e. HR needs a more standard way to assess which employees should have 'first need' for mobile devices.

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    HerndonSunrise

    Suggest thinking cloud-first when thinking about mobility infrastructure.

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    Nikolay Bakaltchev

    Agreed - cloud and mobility are two sides of the same coin, both in terms of standards and security. Also both are key to implementing Shared Services acoross agencies and departments, one of the Federal CIO's top priorities.

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    pierce.crowell

    Mobile platform operating systems and developer tools must support accessibility, fully functional and inexpensive assistive technologies need to be available to federal employees, and agency application developers (and their contractors) need to follow best practices to ensure a richer and more inclusive strategy.