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USDA, DHS, SBA Utilizing Enterprise Mobility ­Management to Cyber Secure Mobile Devices

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The departments of Agriculture and Homeland Security as well as the Small Business Administration are expanding their use of enterprise mobility ­management to provide federal workers better security and mobility with their smartphones, FedTech reported Monday

Recently, DHS launched a pilot program to integrate the Lookout Mobile Security with EMM technology, AirWatch, to detect and blacklist potentially malicious third-party apps on employee phones. The agency uses EMM tools to handle and secure ­credentials for more than 100,000 mobile devices.

Several agencies and offices within DHS use different EMMs, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Coast Guard that rely on MobileIron, while the Transportation Security Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement use BlackBerry’s Enterprise Mobility Suite

Meanwhile, SBA utilizes the technology to provide mobile security for over 2,000 dispersed workforce across 128 locations. In 2018, the agency expanded its mobile network with iOS and Samsung Galaxy devices. The move allowed SBA to maximize coverage in remote areas and increase its internal apps for employees.  

USDA also made some updates in its EMM use to secure its mixed mobile environment that includes 32,000 government-issued mobile devices that use iOS. The effort focused on blocking application-based threats, such as malware and vulnerabilities. The agency is blacklisting and whitelisting capabilities to maintain third-party apps approved for business use.

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