One of theÂ 2014 GCN Award winners is an open source mobile application vetting tool that both theÂ National Institute of Standards and Technology and George Mason University developed for the Defense Department, GCN reported Tuesday.
Government and commercial users use AppVetÂ to expedite the app testing and risk assessment process before deployment, William Jackson reports.
The tool’sÂ security architectureÂ and evaluation framework works toÂ shorten the period to deployment by leveraging software assurance, standards-based cryptography and power and reliability analysis, according to the report.
Jackson writes that the NIST-led team developedÂ AppVet in 2012Â as part of the TransApps programÂ of the Defense Advanced Research Projects AgencyÂ originally for useÂ in vettingÂ commercial mobile hardware and softwareÂ for the battlefield.
The tool can also beÂ a reference for the commercial sector on mobile device security as well as address government concerns about bring-your-own-device practices for the public sector, the report said.
“It’s slowly picking up steam, and people are getting interested in it,” saidÂ Craig Schlenoff, group leader of the cognition and collaboration systems group at NIST’s intelligent systems division.