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The NSA and the Risk of Off-the-Shelf Devices Print E-mail
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Source: Schneier on Security - Posted by Anthony Pell   
Intrusion Detection Interesting article on how the NSA is approaching risk in the era of cool consumer devices. There's a discussion of the president's network-disabled iPad, and the classified cell phone that flopped because it took so long to develop and was so clunky. Turns out that everyone wants to use iPhones. Levine concluded, "Using commercial devices to process classified phone calls, using commercial tablets to talk over wifi -- thatís major game-changer for NSA to put classified information over wifi networks, but thatís what weíre going to do." One way that would be done, he said, was by buying capability from cell carriers that have networks of cell towers in much the way small cell providers and companies like Onstar do.

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