View of cell tower from behind barbed wire fence

Managing cellular access means really managing it, sometimes daily

A system to block contraband cell phones in prisons must be continually tuned to ensure that it covers the required footprint but does not step out of bounds.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Will Samsung's tablet strike the right note with government users?

The Galaxy Note 8.0 does everything you need a tablet to do, with enhanced security features that should appeal to government users.

Parchman

Prisons get a new way to stop inmates from using cell phones

A system from Tecore Networks lets prisons establish their own cellular base stations so they can keep prisoners from using illegal phones while giving legitimate users access.

secure text

R U secure? Encrypted texting expands to Android OS.

Silent Circle releases its latest end-to-end encryption tool, which enables secure texting between Apple iOS and Android platforms. A secure, peer-to-peer email app is due next year.

mobile U

Go team: College coursework takes to mobile apps

Universities are teaching students on their own terms, conducting coursework with the help of mobile applications.

mobile device passcode

Which sectors require passcodes for mobile device access?

A sampling of smartphones and tablets by Fiberlink Communications shows government is more likely than other sectors to require strong passcodes for mobile devices.

Combating Trafficking in Persons training app

Training for combatting human trafficking goes mobile

JKO releases a mobile app for DOD’s Trafficking in Person’s general awareness training.

decisions

Deploying mobile devices? A few questions to consider.

Before devices can be secured and managed, agencies should answer questions about GPS tracking, personal/business use and other issues.

MDM

NOAA: From BlackBerry to iPhones, Androids and (maybe) BYOD

As the agency moves to new platforms it is using a cloud-based service to learn how to effectively manage mobility across the enterprise, and possibly allow personal devices.

Police in patrol car talk on radio

3 reasons smartphones aren't ready to replace police radios

Combining cellular and other digital communications with traditional police radio networks increases interoperability and extends coverage areas, but there are limits to its uses.

dispatch

Mixing smartphones, radios gives new life to dispatch system

Replacing an end-of-life radio dispatch system with an IP platform linking smartphones with traditional radios extends the reach and the functionality for San Luis Obispo County's first responders.

Kyocera Hydro Edge

A 'typical' Android that works under water, is clear in loud settings

The Hydro Edge is a waterproof smartphone with good features -- including Kyocera's Smart Sonic Receiver -- with a low price.

Topic Resources

  • Big Five in Overdrive: Are State and Local Networks Ready?

    As state and local government organizations grapple with tight budgets, demanding constituents, growing data volumes, and cross-government coordination challenges, the "Big Five of IT" – data center consolidation, mobility, security, big data, and cloud computing – promise to improve agency performance, productivity, and service. But are state and local networks ready? This research report examines potential network impact, state and local readiness, and how organizations can prepare for the onslaught.

  • Avoiding Insider Threats to Enterprise Security

    This white paper explains how IBM Security Privileged Identity Manager provides enhanced security across various IT environments by centralizing and controlling the use of privileged identities.

  • Managing Threats in the Digital Age

    News of recent security failures have not only resulted in significant expense to the affected enterprises, but have significantly damaged consumer trust and brand reputation. The topic of security is now unquestionably a C-suite priority. Organizations must move toward a more systematic, proactive approach to addressing security threats and managing compliance.

  • Beyond the Next Generation: Meeting the Converging Demands of Network Security

    A number of network security technologies have arisen that claim to be the "next generation" of network defense - but what does this concept actually mean? How is the threat landscape changing the way we think about and deploy network security solutions? Scott Crawford, Managing Research Director, Security and Risk Management at EMA Research provides insight into what we can expect in the area of network security and how to leverage new technologies to meet today's security challenges in light of other considerations such as overall complexity and performance.