25 Jun 2012
The U.S. government is fortifying soldiers’ smartphones and tablets to protect them from e-threats in a $21 million contract, according to The New York Times. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has given the grant to a company based in Fairfax, Va., to prevent soldiers’ contacts, GPS and military apps from being leaked by attackers.
"By separating untrusted apps and content we are preventing the compromise of the operating system," founder of Invincea Anup Ghosh said, as quoted by The New York Times.
Mobile devices are being used in the army on a larger scale than ever before. Field units can better deal with unfamiliar environments with real time mapping and data overlay capabilities.
“Soldiers can identify friendly forces; engineers can take pictures of mechanical parts for immediate identification and replacement ordering; and military health care providers can diagnose injuries and remotely access lab results while away from hospital premises,” the Department of Defense’s chief information officer, Teresa Takai, wrote in a recent strategy paper.
Over 3,000 soldiers stationed in Afghanistan are already using the software that shields mobile data from loss and theft. If soldiers’ phones are stolen, the memory gets loaded with random and useless data.