Army believes rewards outweigh risks with smart phones

Fear of handheld devices falling into enemy hands won't stop widespread distribution

The concern over the potential intelligence damage that would occur should a soldier’s smart phone fall into enemy hands will not stop the steady march the Army is making toward the widespread distribution of cell phones to its troops, reports Defense News.

But a wealth of technical and security issues remains, such as how to certify applications, what data should be stored on the phones, whether there will be hardware encryption and what will be required for authentication, Lt. Col. Greg Motes, the Army’s Mobile Applications Branch chief, told the media outlet.

However, the matter of whether a smart phone falls into enemy hands or is lost can be addressed easily enough by having various encryption algorithms built into the device, defense industry officials said.

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