Home' Defense Systems : March 2013 Contents with device deployment distributed
across several services, she said.
e service-level device deployments
also represent the consolidation of sev-
eral ongoing mobility programs, Carter
said. e most important goal is to get
more advanced capabilities out to users
while providing support to multiple ven-
dors and device manufacturers. e ef-
fort s ultimate objective is to both expand
wireless capabilities across the services
and to replace existing infrastructure and
equipment such as laptop computers and
desktop phones, she noted.
In a presentation at a recent industry
event, Carter outlined DISA s mobility
strategy. " e goal behind mobility is
to establish an integrated infrastructure
that can be leveraged to get the mobile
device...to have the capabilities that the
war ghter needs, to bring that capability
to them [war ghters]---the information
they need, the functionality that they
need---right at their ngertips at the tac-
tical edge," she said.
DISA is in the middle of its pro-
curement process for a mobile device
management system and an applications
store. e agency is working out how it
will assess and certify the applications
that will go into the store, Carter said.
DISA information-assurance personnel
are working on this process and are close
to having it well de ned, she added.
e agency also is working on an ap-
plications development environment.
Carter said that the goal is for DISA to
create a framework that will enable mili-
tary personnel to develop and load apps
within that structure. Under this model,
the services will be responsible for devel-
oping the vetting process that will allow
users to create their own applications
building tools. One of the challenges will
be to create a method to quickly approve
application so ware, she said.
But while DISA is being deliberate in
how it lays out its applications infrastruc-
ture, a more rapid approach is needed
for security. Because the plan is for the
services to port their users data to new
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devices, the system will have to follow a
commercial cycle, which moves much
faster than DOD acquisition processes.
DISA plans to develop a security re-
quirements guide for industry, outlining
the security needs of DISA and DOD.
is will enable the agency to develop
standards and guidelines so that com-
mercial providers will have a compliance
guide for their products. "It s a di erent
model that s better suited to working with
industry," Carter said.
Providing e ective security and user
authentication is another concern for
DISA s new mobility program. e DOD
currently uses common access (CAC)
cards, with attachable slide readers,
to provide user authentication when
logging into department networks via
mobile devices. But both DISA and the
DOD want to move away from mobile
device CAC card access, Carter said.
e DOD wants to move away from
using CAC cards for accessing mobile
devices because the cards require an
additional device that can read them.
is not only incurs extra costs, but also
makes the process more cumbersome.
ere are a variety of options available,
many of them commercially available.
Some examples include so ware certi -
cates and SIM cards. e long-term goal
is to evaluate and incorporate new user-
identi cation technologies into the archi-
tecture as they are approved, she said.
In scal 2014, the mobile program will
move from its initial phase to a subscrip-
tion service rate that will allow DISA s
customers to pay for wireless use. is
will be a per-user cost model. Because
more users equate to lower overall costs,
this enables the agency to build capac-
ity at a de ned rate. However, Carter
cautioned that the mobile network is still
a work in progress, and it remains to be
seen how quickly the services will switch
Some of the services are working
on their own bring-your-own-device
(BYOD) programs and policies, but
Carter noted that there are a number of
legal and technical issues that remain to
be worked out. DISA is tracking these
BYOD programs, but it is not the agen-
cy s primary focus for mobility, she said.
However, DISA is making sure that its in-
frastructure will support and incorporate
any BYOD programs that the services de-
velop and approve. But Carter noted that
it is not DISA s role to set up such e orts.
Its main goal is getting mobile devices to
users in a rapid and timely manner.
Selecting the type of device will be up
to the individual services and users, she
said. e idea behind the DISA mobility
program, as well as the DOD s e orts, is
to be device agnostic. DISA s goal is to
have a set of capabilities in place that will
meet the speci c needs of the services
and users. ■
DISA Five-Year Strategic Plan
Overview of DISA's mobility plan
Additional Online Resources
The goal behind mobility is to establish
an integrated infrastructure that can be
leveraged to get the mobile device...to have
the capabilities that the war ghter needs.
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