Defense Department to let Apple devices onto Pentagon network

The department expects to clear the devices for use on its network early next week, according to a report.

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Pentagon employees may soon start using Apple mobile devices, like iPhone s and iPads, on the U.S. Defense Department's secure network.

The department expects to clear the devices for use on its network early next week, Bloomberg reported Friday.

It's a space that's normally dominated by BlackBerry , but with other smartphone brands gaining popularity, the federal government is considering other options. Those options include Samsung, which officials cleared last week .

Approval means employees using government-issued iOS 6 devices can access military networks after the department builds a mobile-device management system to secure the phones and tablets.

Earlier this month, the Commerce Department certified iOS 6 for protecting sensitive data.

 

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