Ten years ago, the Operating System workhorses for US Government IT networks were Windows for unclassified And Solaris for classified traffic. There were sprinklings of Novell (due to its unique messaging system) and Mac Ox But there was no way a Systems Administrator was going to be allowed to put Linux on any government operational network. However work was ongoing within one of the groups belonging to the keepers of the cryptographic gateway to Utilize the versatility of the Linux operating system to create an acceptable and capable version of Linux. The National Security Agency presented the scalable Security Enhanced Linux, which did not initially catch on with the Academics (due to its heavy reliance on compartmentalization) but it has evolved and withstood the test of time for The security administrators.
The government's mobile platform has been RIM's BlackBerry. This past decade they have provided a stable environment with security measures to prevent outsiders from easily tapping into communications; however; RIM couldn't do much because they don't have direct access to the encrypted network their customers use. However, it has since come to Light that while Blackberry may encrypt their network the first layer of encryption happens to use the same key every-where meaning that should it be broken once (by a government or authorities) it can be broken for any Blackberry. This has limited the Blackberry's clearance level. This is the reason the android devices (with the new kernel) can be secured at a higher clearance level than Blackberry devices. They have many characteristics that allow them to be groomed like Saline. Since the White House Communications Office decided to move the executive branch from Blackberry Devices to Android-based phones, the boys at NSA have now teamed up with Google, NIS and members of The academic community to certify the android.
The Department of Defence has decided that once the Android Kernel is sufficiently hardened and certified by the agencies required, each member (from General to Private) will soon be issued an android phone as part of the standard equipment. The androids sandboxed Java environment has similarities with what has already been created with Saline. Each individual having the same system will make it simpler to manage and track. The ability to remotely locate and zero the systems will also eliminate the debacles that have resulted in the past two decades of lost Laptops By everyone from FBI Agents to VA officials. Google will benefit from the security research relationship they now have with NSA, NIST and the subject Matter experts working on this project from academia because the net is a virtual battlefield and the Agency Has been fighting this battle for many years. As a work in progress, the Linux based OS of the Android will also integrate mandatory access controls to enforce the separation of information based on Confidentiality and integrity requirements. Ads by Google