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FCW : January 2013
22 January 2013 FCW.COM of cers stationed in remote parts of the world, connectivity is not always ensured. Other federal employees, including the military, operate in similar conditions. At State, one solution is to provide agency-issued BlackBer- rys that are allowed to store data, he said, but that approach undercuts the advantages of BYOD. Nevertheless, the security approach is evolving, and 2012 saw the beginnings of a new focus on applications that should continue to expand in 2013, said Brian Duckering, senior manager of Symantec s Enterprise Mobility Group. "We realize there may be 50 or 100 apps on a device, but there may be only three or four that actually have the ability to access and transmit the data we re concerned about," he said. If the agency can control those apps, it can secure the device more effectively than trying to apply mobile device management to employee-owned devices. State is expanding its Global OpenNet mobility program, Pagliano said. "We ve continued to adapt that platform so it can be used on more devices," he said. Originally called Open- Net Everywhere, the next iteration now under development might be called iGO, a play on Apple s naming convention and the G.O. acronym for Global OpenNet. BYOD is likely to take center stage in State s 2013 mobility efforts, he said. "We re trying to nd out where s a reasonable amount of risk to accept to do a BYOD program," he added. Among the department s goals for the year is creating a system in which an employee can use a single device, such After a largely unproductive two years, congres- sional leaders are looking for a fresh start on government management issues. Given President Barack Obama s re-election and the fact that the 113th Congress took of ce on Jan. 3 with the same partisan mix as its predecessor, lawmakers have less incentive to continue delaying timely but contentious issues and more of an imperative to nd common ground. In addition, new chairmen are running sev- eral key congressional committees. They include Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and House Judiciary Committee Chair- man Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.). Despite the ongoing budget standoffs, those changes could combine to improve prospects for action on a range of vital issues. Cybersecurity Those three committees and several others plan a quick start on a host of efforts to coun- ter ominous cybersecurity threats. The House passed several limited measures in 2012, but a more sweeping Senate counterpart was stymied by procedural deadlocks and the spon- sors failure to garner the 60 votes required to break a libuster. "Republicans and the Chamber of Com- merce last year had strong concerns about an increased federal role and new regulations by the Homeland Security Department," said a senior Democratic aide. "They wanted to wait until the election results" to see if they could gain more leverage. Obama s re-election and Democrats strengthened control of the Senate will likely increase their ability to nd common ground on cybersecurity protections for government and businesses. In light of the strong possibility that Obama will soon issue an executive order to increase the federal government s role in cybersecurity, key lawmakers were planning to ll in some of the details, including the steps required to secure federal IT systems. "I still believe that legislation offers the best long-term solution to address the cyber threats we face," Carper told FCW. "Our nation cannot afford more delay on this issue, and I am committed to working together to reach a solution as soon as possible." In the GOP-controlled House, McCaul has listed cybersecurity legislation as a top priority for his committee. He has strong relationships with the industry nationally and locally through high-tech companies in his home district. McCaul "thinks it is necessary to partner with stakeholders, including companies that control critical infrastructure, to determine the best policy for threat information sharing," a McCaul spokesman said. that the agency doesn t own. "People are struggling on the security side," said Tom Suder, president and founder of Mobi- legov and industry chairman of the Advanced Mobility Work- ing Group at the American Council for Technology--Industry Advisory Council. "Enterprise mobility is a lot more complex than citizen services." Still, the initial mobility strategy that followed on the heels of the larger Digital Government Strategy marked a turning point, Suder said. "We really got our arms around the issues [in 2012]. We ve galvanized the government to get things together." The Agriculture Department and the Department of Vet- erans Affairs each awarded mobile device management con- tracts in 2012, he added, and most agencies have at least a draft BYOD policy. In 2013, he expects both trends to accelerate. BYOD makes the security situation more dif cult, but the government is working toward solutions. Because agency and personal data are mingling on devices that are not under the agencies full control, concerns persist. One common security measure is to allow no data at rest, or persistent data, on mobile devices. Government employees could use their own devices to interact with data stored on an agency server, and when they nish their work, no data would remain on the mobile device. But there s a signi cant disadvantage to that approach, said Bryan Pagliano, special adviser to the Bureau of Information Resource Management at the State Department. It means that employees cannot work off-line. For State s Foreign Service 2013 OUTLOOK MANAGEMENT Congress begins to look beyond the budget