Enterprise IT

Coast Guard procurement of navigation app raises security concerns

The U.S. Coast Guard released a request for proposal on Aug. 14 for a navigation app to replace traditional paper flight bags. The RFP, however, may be lacking significant security features needed for mission critical operations, reported NextGov.

According to the RFP, "There are no special security requirements" and does not require the software to be developed in the U.S. or undergo tests led by hired hackers. Observers are concerned that the purchase plans may open space for malicious code to be written into the app.

The U.S. Air Force canceled procurement of iPads in Feb. 2012 to replace paper flight bags after concerns arose regarding its intentions to used Russian-developed software.

Reader Comments

Mon, Aug 26, 2013

Why not just use the AirWatch solution that most of the commercial airlines use? It is completely secure, development costs were already paid for by the civilian sector, and its tested/proven through its continued use. Civilian carriers are just as (if not more)concerned with security as the coast guard!

Wed, Aug 21, 2013 Michael A Isabella Eastlake Ohio

we have very bright programmmers and software people that could write this app with no trouble they won,t because of all the red tape rules and gov,t paranoia. the cg is right its navigation software and all you need to navigate is a watch and compass if anyone remembers how to use them. God Bless America

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