CAC USE ON MOBILE DEVICES
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Please be aware of this Memorandum on DoD Commercial Mobile Device (CMD) Interim Policy from DoD dated 17 January 2012.
Section 2.2.6 states: Non-enterprise activated CMDs shall not process or store official DoD email. Access to DoD webmail services shall follow policy statement 2.2.5.
Section 2.2.5 states: Non-enterprise activated CMDs shall follow existing policy when accessing web-based services authorized for external access, which stores sensitive DoD information. Combatant Command/Service/Agency's (CC/S/A)'s are encouraged to implement technical controls that prevent sensitive DoD information from being downloaded and stored.
Updated Memorandum dated 31 July 2012
The US Air Force went mobile, read two articles from 19 February 2013 at Defense Systems
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The Microsoft Surface Windows Pro originally went on sale on 9 February 2013. This version has the ability to install and use regular Windows programs.
The Microsoft Surface Windows RT went on sale 26 October 2012 and has an ARM processor and IS NOT able to install and use regular Windows programs. You can check your Enterprise Email with a CAC reader after you install the DoD Certificates.
Microsoft no longer sells the Windows RT version of the Surface
Microsoft Surface User Guide (a 68 page guide written for both the Surface Windows RT & Surface Windows 8 Pro)
The Microsoft Surface Windows RT will allow you to access sites like OWA (IF you have the "GEMALTO TOP DL GX4 144," "GEMALTO DL GX4-A 144," "Oberthur ID One 128 v5.5 Dual," "Oberthur ID One 128 v5.5a D", or "G&D FIPS 201 SCE 3.2" CACs). All other CAC types are incompatible.
Two companies offer readers and software for iPhones & iPads
Thursby Readers and Sub Rosa for iOS
PKard Reader plug-in reader
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You will have to remove your phone's case to be able to plug in the reader. Apple does not make a short extension, and one's I've tried do not work. So, if you don't use a case, it will work great. If you have a case, you will need to add the time of removing your case to use it to the time it takes to use your reader on your iPhone or iPad.
iPhone cases are $149.99 and are available for 6, 6S, 7, & 8
NOTE: If you Jail Break your iPhone, the Sub Rosa (formerly PKard for iOS) app will not work as it was designed.
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Some basic information:
Bundling clarification - "comparing apples to apples"
As always, bundle = hardware + US certifications + US secure browser / authentication agent + US phone and email support + $0 “maintenance"
GSA and volume pricing available directly from Thursby, or approved Federal resellers.
Identive iAuthenticate 2.0 with SubRosa middleware for OtterBox uniVERSE Case
Sold by TX Systems
Please know that even though CAC readers exist, they require an app to work with the Android OS. There is only one company with a workable solution Thursby using their Sub Rosa Pro app
Thursby Android CAC readers
Click links below to see larger images, to purchase, go to their website
Readers start at $24.99 each, app is another $79.99, totaling: $105.00
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