Australia Shows How to 'Harden' iPhones for Secret Use
Australia has given the OK to government officials who want to use their iPhones for classified communications.
Australia's Defense Signals Directorate, a government cybersecurity agency, published a set of guidelines officials must adhere to in order to user their iOS devices on the job. The "iOS Hardening Configuration Guide" mandates that officials must run iOS 5.1 or higher and "all classified network traffic must be encrypted."
The 71-page manual also calls for iPhone users to implement alphanumeric passcodes with a minimum of eight characters, which they must change after 90 days. The "Ask to join networks" feature should be turned off to prevent devices connecting to an unknown Wi-Fi signal, the document states.
As the Register pointed out, employees are allowed to access only "protected" information on their devices, and not "confidential, " secret" or "top secret" information.
U.S. government and military personnel may soon get a smartphone-security boost of their own, by way of a new Android phone built by Boeing specifically for high-level officials.
In a National Defense article, Brian Palma, vice president of Boeing's secure infrastructure group, and Roger Krone, president of Boeing Network and Space Systems, said Boeing is developing a line of super-secure and encrypted Android phones.
The "Boeing phone," as its being called, is scheduled for a launch late this year. Boeing said it is looking to beat the price of similar encrypted, specially made devices, which often go for $15,000 to $20,000 per phone. The Boeing phone, however, will not be offered at a "mass market price point," Palma said.