The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will allow their employees to use iPads on the VA network as of Oct. 1, 2011. Before they do, however, the VA must ensure the iPads are completely encrypted and secure, according to Roger Baker, the VA’s Chief Information Officer (CIO).
The VA launched a pilot program with iPads months ago to test how they would interact, and if they would mesh, with VA IT security. The VA’s IT controls that would allow iPads to access their network will soon be in place. This does not necessarily translate into an open policy for VA employees to bring any personal device to work and expect it to be able to be used across the VA network.
The progression by which technology advances could very well negate today’s popular devices within a few years. The VA must focus on implementing the right technology for the VA for the time. Otherwise, a lot of time and money will be wasted building VA network controls for outdated and useless technology.
The VA has had a history of problems with its network not being secure enough and therefore open to being compromised. Both internal and external threats have struck against the network in the past, so the VA is working very hard to make sure the iPads work with the existing VA network.
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