What Will It Take For Windows Phone 8 To Land A Deal With The Navy?

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Microsoft#Windows Phone 8 The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts The Department of the Navy’s chief information officer, Terry Halvorsen spoke with reporters on November 26 about efforts the Navy is making in data center consolidation and mobile technology. Halvorsen didn’t provide specifics on new platforms from mobile providers for the Navy, but he did indicate that the service is interested in moving in a more mobile direction. This could include, he said, implementing Windows  Phone 8, to augment or replace Blackberrys. The Navy has long been a Windows-based organization, and adopting a mobile platform that shares an interface and applications with desktop Windows makes sense. However, the Navy has also been looking at the Android and iOS platforms.Surprise! The Navy Cares About SecurityThe biggest issue, not surprisingly, is security. What kind of security does a mobile platform need to have to land a sensitive military contract? The current Department of Defense standard, Blackberry, just had its new Blackberry 10 FIPS 140-2 platform certified, even before it’s been officially launched. FIPS 140-2 is a crucial certification for any device hoping to land a government contract because it means that the device is secure enough to handle encrypted data. NIST GuidelinesThe National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) put together a set of guidelines that outlines the standard security capabilities devices must have to be secure enough for use in business and government. Evelyn Brown’s article in the NIST Tech Beat Newsletter about the Guidelines on Hardware-Rooted Security in Mobile Devices(PDF), lays out the three security capabilities devices must possess to deal with known mobile device security challenges:Device integrityIsolationProtected storage.It all boils down to something the NIST calls the “roots of trust.” For device integrity, we’re talking about a combination of hardware, firmware and software designed with security in mind – along with solid constuction. For the other issues, the key is to create isolation capabilities that keep personal apps and info separate from the organization’s data.Windows Phone 8 A Good Fit?Windows Phone 8 devices would seem to be a good fit for the Navy. Via email, Greg Sullivan, Senior Marketing Manager at Microsoft, pointed to the phones’ information rights management technology (IRM) for data leak prevention, SSL 3.0 encryption and a private application store as features that are attractive to the Federal Government. These features seem to line up pretty well with the NIST guidelines. While Windows Phone 8 does include an encryption feature similar to BitLocker, the full disk encryption found on the desktop implementation of Windows 8, it doesn’t have FIPS certification. According to the mobile tech MobileJaw, Microsoft’s encryption is backed by TPM 2.0, and is currently seeking certification.When asked about the possibility of a Department of the Navy contract, Microsoft representatives replied with a polite “We do not comment on specific projects.” And a source from the NIST said that, as of right now, they are no plans to work with Windows Phone 8 for the Navy. The Department of the Navy did not return calls or emails.Still, But when the CIO makes it clear to a group of reporters that the Navy is looking for a new mobile platform, you can be sure that Microsoft – along with Apple, Google and RIM – will be doing everything it can to make a good impression. Image courtesy of Shuttershock.center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces christina ortizlast_img read more

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Move the Big Rock

first_imgIt’s very rare that I take on a private coaching client. But when I do, I spend a lot of time listening for “the big rock.”The big rock is the major obstacle blocking them from producing better results. It’s a metaphor for whatever is blocking them from making forward progress on their personal path. The big rock is almost always a mindset issue.The big rock could be that the person I am coaching doesn’t believe they are empowered to do something. Until they believe that they can successfully take action, they’re stuck. But once they believe they are empowered, they roll the big rock out the way and take off.The big rock could be that the person I am coaching isn’t acquiring the results that they need when it comes to their personal sales. In most cases, the person I am coaching feels stuck because they haven’t been forced to think through their plan, write their commitments, and they’re not being held accountable for taking action around those commitments. Once that big rock is out of the way, they gain the clients they need.Sometimes the big rock is the person I am coaching. They’re in their own way. This is often true of leaders who need someone to help them work on themselves. Sometimes they “can’t see their own swing,” but more often they’re aware of the areas they need help and just need strategies for improving. When they move the bigs rock out of their way, they produce better results through their teams, and they become better leaders.Right now, there is a big rock between you and the better future you. Getting unstuck means dealing with the big rock. You need to move it out of the way so you can move forward.What is the big rock blocking your progress now? What unhealthy believe do you hold about the big rock that prevents you from dealing with it head on? What strategies and resources are available to you now? How can you get enough leverage to move the big rock?last_img read more

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