White House aides can now use iPhones (but the President still can't)
posted by Michael H. / Apr 06, 2016, 8:51 PM
President Obama has reportedly been working on ways to upgrade technology throughout the U.S. government, and although the task is especially difficult when it comes to the White House, Anita Decker Breckenridge, the deputy chief of staff for operations at the White House, has been making headway. She was able to upgrade the broadband connection on Air Force One, and White House aides can now carry brand new iPhones.
Unfortunately, the President himself is still relegated to using a "specially modified, highly secure BlackBerry," and that doesn't appear to be changing any time soon. Still, any upgrade is a good upgrade, right?
source: New York Times
I feel that using hardware that can easily be purchased in a store or online (Apple, Android, Windows, and even Blackberry) compromises the potential security of a device. The U.S. government and other governments should use technology specifically made by their national security agencies to ensure that only those on a need-to-know basis have access to.
posted on Apr 06, 2016, 9:16 PM 8
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Haha, because the government can do it better? You must be stupid.
posted on Apr 07, 2016, 2:52 AM 1
I'm saying that governments COULD do it better if they treated cyber security seriously. Do you know how outdated politicians views on technology are? They simply don't understand its importance and don't use any money for it. They could also just hire experts to develop a custom OS privately for their use only, keep it under wraps.
posted on Apr 07, 2016, 1:55 PM 0
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mmm it can go both ways. i say let the private sector handle it. paying some guys in a basement isn't going make it secure, with technology the battle between developers and hackers is a continuous fight that will never end. With tons of data you are able locate and dress issues faster and more money you have you allows you hire more developers to address those problems. Also when it comes features, surely they are very lacking. It would be in their best interest making a deal with a company like apple where if they hire X more people for fighting hackers, we will take care of their salaries
posted on Apr 07, 2016, 6:08 AM 0
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Like it or not, if you want security, BlackBerry's the only game in town. I'm sure the President's device is a legacy OS7 device, perhaps a Bold 9900 with custom software.
posted on Apr 06, 2016, 9:26 PM 7
There are plenty of other devices running custom OS's or Android/Windows based systems in addition to Blackberry.
posted on Apr 06, 2016, 9:28 PM 2
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Totally agree with you, Crispin. BlackBerry devices have more government certs than any of the other OEM's devices that allow them to function in places that demand the strictest security guidelines.
posted on Apr 06, 2016, 9:33 PM 1
Blackberry = the Fort Knox of the smartphone world. No one can beat them when it comes to security. Makes sense for the President and probably some of the higher ups with access to sensitive data to use a Blackberry.
posted on Apr 06, 2016, 10:09 PM 2
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Fanboy will say US Government are android haters LoL
posted on Apr 06, 2016, 10:08 PM 0
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