Apple iPhone and Apple iPad to receive Pentagon approval this coming week
The only Android model to be cleared by the Pentagon, the Samsung Galaxy S4 runs Samsung's security suite KNOX, which puts apps like a browser, calendar, contacts list and video player in a "leak-proof" containment system. Eventually, other Samsung models are expected to receive the same designation for DoD use. Both BlackBerry 10 models, the all-touch BlackBerry Z10 handset and the QWERTY equipped BlackBerry Q10, have received Pentagon approval along with the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.
Even with the approval by the Pentagon, all three mobile platforms, will still need to have a mobile device management system created to make each one secure. The contract to build the system for iOS isn't expected to be awarded until early this summer. Once that is built, Apple can then be considered for orders from the five-sided building, which has 600,000 mobile devices in the field. Some, or perhaps all of these handsets, need to be upgraded. In addition, being considered secure for the Pentagon could lead to orders from companies in other businesses that demand secure mobile communications.