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Mobile security woes plague US government

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Mobile security is quickly becoming a major issue for the U.S. government, especially due to the number of agencies that have a heavy reliance on mobile technology. The federal Chief Information Officers Council, an interagency forum that aims to modernize the federal government, highlights mobile security as an issue that should be receiving more serious attention. The Council notes that several agencies are, indeed, moving ahead with mobile security initiatives, but concerted effort is needed to ensure that the sensitive information that is trafficked through mobile devices on a daily basis does not fall victim to exploitation.

Agency highlights the problems of mobile technology and security efforts

The Chief Information Officers Council highlights technical limitations of mobile devices and their associated services as a major problem for mobile security. The Council suggests that federal agencies must adopt more high-tech mobile devices that can more adequately protect their personal information and that of the government they work for. Moreover, very few security-centric mobile applications are approved for use by federal employees. Standards are currently being developed to help expand the availability of such applications, which the Chief Information Officers Council suggests will be a good way to ensure the security of information.

Gap exists between technology and practice

The lack of encryption modules also presents a serious mobile security risk. It is difficult for software developers to create this kind of software for smart phones and other high-tech mobile devices because of the rapid pace at which these devices are becoming more advanced. Changes to operating systems and smart phone technology have created a significant gap that separates the capabilities of modern mobile security solutions and mobile devices.

Cost remains a problematic hurdle

Cost is one of the reasons why federal agencies have avoided mobile security initiatives in the past. Most federal employees have smart phones and other such devices. In order for some agencies to bolster their mobile security endeavors, they would have to replace all of these mobile devices, which accounts for a massive investment of taxpayer money.

Tyfone teams with IQT for mobile security


Tyfone to bring mobile security solutions to US government

Tyfone, developer of mobile softwarMobile Security partnershipe and NFC technology, has entered into an agreement with In-Q-Tel (IQT), a non-profit group that promotes innovative technologies for the U.S. government. Together, the two companies plan to promote mobile security and NFC technology solutions for use by the federal government. IQT notes that Tyfone boasts of an impressive portfolio of these solutions, as well as a long history of leveraging these solutions to the benefit of its customers in numerous industries.

Mobile security continues to grow in importance

Mobile security is becoming an increasingly important issue, especially for the federal government. Government officials, especially those working in agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, rely heavily on mobile devices such as smart phones in daily operations. Important information is often trafficked through these mobile devices, which make them a prime target for hackers and parties interested in stealing such information. IQT believes that the mobile security solutions developed by Tyfone have the capability to address the long standing security problems that exist in the mobile space.

NFC platform could secure financial transactions

Beyond the federal government, Tyfone offers a mobile commerce platform that makes use of NFC technology. This technology is capable of turning a mobile device into a digital wallet or payment platform, allowing consumers to purchase products with nothing but their smart phone. Tyfone notes that its NFC platform has been used to process more than 7 million secure financial transactions. IQT believes that the platform could be of some use to the federal government, as Tyfone’s cloud computing network, which operates the NFC platform, could help secure transactions made by federal officials.

IQT promotes the use of Tyfone solutions

The Tyfone network is capable of securing a wide variety of mobile channels. IQT believes that incorporating the company’s platform could help secure highly sensitive information, financial data, and government networks. Tyfone’s solutions may help boost mobile security in the U.S. government, if federal agencies and government officials are keen to adopt and make use of the platform extensively.