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Shake n' Bake BlackBerry security

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Federal employees in military and intelligence agencies who use BlackBerrys have struggled with the task of complying quickly and easily with the Defense Information Systems Agency's Security Technical Implementation Guide, Version 5, Release 2 (STIG) security standard for wireless devices, according to SteelCloud Inc., of Herndon, Va.

As a result, as many as 80 percent of the BlackBerry units used in the federal government don't comply with the STIG standard, according to some wireless communication specialists. Complying with the standard involves long delays in the process of securely installing the handheld unit on an agency server, according to SteelCloud.

Therefore, SteelCloud today unveiled its SteelWorks FedMobile and SteelWorks Mobile products, which allows fast and easy installation of the handheld units with the BlackBerry Enterprise Server from Research In Motion.

The FedMobile appliance complies with the STIG rules and also qualifies as part of the Trade Agreement Act of 1979, because it is manufactured in the United States.

According to the company, 'SteelWorks Mobile and SteelWorks FedMobile are [products] that combine hardware, the BlackBerry Enterprise Server software, a customized installation tool and user auditing software in a plug and play appliance that assists customers with rapid installation. [The two products] enable full installation in less than 30 minutes and support Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and Novell GroupWise environments.'

SteelCloud said no similar product allows fast installation of BlackBerrys that comply with the DISA standard.

Posted by Wilson P. Dizard III on May 30, 2008 at 9:39 AM


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