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Smartphones Secure Enough For the NSA

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Because BlackBerries and Sidekicks aren't quite secure enough for the NSA—the government agency that knows you called the Nintendo tip hotline way too many times in the late '80s—they're ordering up a bunch of General Dynamics Sectera Edge smartphones.

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Not only are these things up to military spec, which means you can drop it on the dirt while taking cover, it's got a personal organizer. The features that makes it NSA-approved are its advanced SIPRNET and NIPRNET access, DoD PKI-enabled Common Access Card Support, DoD 8100.2 requirement satisfaction, Type 1 classified data encrypted storage support, and the ability to be used inside "closed areas" with an SCIF-Friendly mode. Those specs are like security fanfic porn to the NSA tech crew. [GDC4s via Crave]

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SCIF's arent protected by Faraday cages....thats only in the most extreme cases. I work in one here in Canada...all thats required is for the facility to have controlled access, employ only cleared personnel (top secret and above) and be difficult to monitor (mines a dozen floors up which makes it kinda hard to peek through a window). All that being said, I would not want an electronic device on my floor. Though the rules of leaving your cell, ipod and blackberry downstairs suck, issuing one of these to someone will simply lead to uncleared devices ending up on the floor. Also, it would suck large to lose one of these while having classified material on there. That would make carelessness (losing a blackberry) into a federal offence in Canada (violation of the National Defence Act and Security of Information Act).