Army beefs up PDA data security

The Army will install security software from SMobile Systems on mobile data devices used by soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, company executives said.

The software will keep data stored on the devices secure in the event one of them is lost or falls into the wrong hands, as well as protect the devices from viruses or other malware.

The Army this month will begin installing SMobile's suite of security software on an undisclosed number of mobile data devices used in the field by Army mortar battalions in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Army will equip a series of the mobile data devices carried by its soldiers in the field, including the RPDA-57 rugged handheld.

The handheld devices will be outfitted with the mobile data security vendor's SMobile Security Shield suite of software, which offers virus protection, call blocking and call filtering to eliminate unwanted calls and a firewall application.

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