Federal Integrators: Pentagon's Approval Of Apple Is Trouble For BlackBerry


PCM, an El Segundo, Calif.-based solution provider, also expects to have success penetrating the new market opened up by the Pentagon's seal of approval for Apple devices.

"Generally, the iPad has gone from a device that was in need of applications to one that has many applications for the government and the military," said Phil Mogavero, vice president and regional CTO of PCM Inc., an El Segundo, Calif.-based solution provider.

"We have a sales division focused on the federal government, which includes the Department of Defense and Homeland Security. We also work very closely with Apple, so we will see an uptake in service opportunities," Mogavero said. Mogavero said he also predicts an uptake in Android sales.

Approval of the Apple products followed days behind the May 2 approval of the BlackBerry 10 smartphone, BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and Samsung Galaxy S4.

"This STIG [Security Technical Implementation Guide] and the recently-approved STIGs for the BlackBerry and Samsung Knox operating systems demonstrate DISA's commitment to validate a range of devices that meet DoD security standards so the best technology is available to achieve DoD mission requirements," according to a statement from DISA.

Scott Totzke, senior vice president, BlackBerry Security, responded about the competition in a statement sent to CRN: "Technical certifications are an important but only first, 'threshold' step in meeting the needs of truly secure mobile computing for government. Security, reliability and the ability to perform in crisis situations when you depend on mobility are all important hallmarks of the BlackBerry solution."

PUBLISH MAY 29, 2013