White House aides can now use iPhones (but the President still can't)

White House aides can now use iPhones (but the President still can't)
No one has ever made the claim that the government moves terribly quickly when it comes to technology and nowhere is that more apparent than with the state of smartphones in the White House. Many government officials are still using BlackBerrys (and are some of the few people around still using that platform), but there are some upgrades on the way.

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?

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18 Comments

1. AppleVersusAndroid unregistered

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.

9. Drsarcastic

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

Thank you! Using the same devices as consumers kind of makes me nervous to the security of it all

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

It's may also mean that business establishment is running the governance not the other way round.

12. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

Haha, because the government can do it better? You must be stupid.

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

US government officials saving national secret in Apple iCloud. Hmmm..... Wasn't it not long ago that we have a treat to all the celebrity nude pictures thanks to iCloud.

15. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

pretty sure they used some silly password... If these people actuelly hacked the icloud they missed a golden chance to find some dirt on a few companies ceo's and blackmail them for couple million.

17. AppleVersusAndroid unregistered

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.

14. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

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

3. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

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.

4. AppleVersusAndroid unregistered

There are plenty of other devices running custom OS's or Android/Windows based systems in addition to Blackberry.

18. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

But they don't offer even close to the encryption levels that BlackBerry does, which is what's being discussed here.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

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.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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.

16. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Kudos to you for acknowledging BlackBerry's stranglehold on mobile security. Apparently, AppleVersusAndroid missed the memo with his/her ridiculous comments. Ignorance is truly bliss.

19. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I really didn't think it was mxyz but yeah it's the same troll we're all used to, oh how the world changes.

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

just give them special iPhone equipped with GotvOS

7. submarinerz

Posts: 32; Member since: Mar 24, 2016

Fanboy will say US Government are android haters LoL

10. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

No. We all know politicians are idiots. iOS is very fitting. The OS for the intellectually challenged.

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