Pentagon Clears iPhone and iPad for Use on Secure Networks
The U.S. Department of Defense has officially approved Apple’s iPhones and iPads for use on its networks, as expected.
In announcement issued Friday morning, the agency said it has granted iOS devices running iOS 6 FIPS 140-2 certification and STIG approval, granting them the same security clearances it issued to BlackBerry and Samsung last week. A crucial endorsement, and one that should open the door to lucrative contracts from customers in highly regulated industries like healthcare and finance.
Certainly, Apple views it that way and used DOD’s announcement to plug the inroads its iOS devices have been making in enterprise lately.
“With iPhone and iPad being tested or deployed in almost every Fortune 500 company, Apple continues to scale across enterprise with nearly 30,000 companies globally developing and distributing iOS apps for corporate use by their employees,” Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller told AllThingsD. “The FIPS 140-2 certification and STIG approval demonstrate our ongoing commitment to deliver a secure platform to our enterprise and government customers around the world who deploy iOS devices on their networks.”