The White House recently released a “Digital Strategy” that is focused on the safe and secure management of mobile devices within all Federal agencies. The strategy also presents a plan to give people mobile access to all types of government websites and applications. It also lays out how citizens can access other data that the government produces such as survey and satellite data. Titled “Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve the American People”, the White House strategy grants the General Services Administration (GSA) the authority to develop a government-wide contract to purchase mobile and wireless services. The digital strategy plan also requires GSA to create a “Digital Services Innovation Center” to help agencies identify best practices for making government data accessible to the American people. In addition, an advisory group was established to create a “shared mobile app development program” for both internal and public government applications. This mandate is to be accomplished within 1 year’s time. “If applications, operating systems and data reside in an appropriately secured cloud environment rather than on a device, this will limit the potential impact to an agency in the event a device is lost, stolen or compromised,” the strategy states. So far, agencies have already built or collaborated on over 200 public facing applications, but there is a slower pace for the development of internal applications. Also on tap is a requirement that the advisory group and the nation’s Chief Information Officers Council must develop and issue a “bring your own device” (BYOD) plan by the end of the 2012 summer. The focus of this plan is to permit federal employees to access their work and agency mobile and desktop applications via any device; including their own personal mobile devices. The strategy report anticipates migrating the majority of the government’s digital intelligence to the cloud, in order to reach a point where only “dummy” phones or devices would be needed to retrieve data. “If applications, operating systems and data reside in an appropriately secured cloud environment rather than on a device, this will limit the potential impact to an agency in the event a device is lost, stolen or compromised,” the strategy states. At the same, the paper acknowledged that the overall goals of having an open and collaborative environment could “have the potential to make devices and data vulnerable to malicious or accidental breaches of security and privacy.” With mobile devices, the strategy is concerned that there will be an increased risk of security theft. To address the gap between transparency and security, partitioning of sensitive information prior to any form of transaction or transmission and then requiring strong identity verification on the device. This way, “data owners can focus more effort on ensuring the safe and secure delivery of data to the end customer and fewer resources on securing the device that will receive the data,” the strategy states. The White House has commissioned the Defense and Homeland Security departments, to install this required security layer sketched out in the strategy outline. LOK-IT is used in many situations where devices might not have a typical operating system, such as with mobile devices. In those instances, typical encrypted flash drives cannot be used because they use software for authentication and have don’t have the ability to work with all the variations of operating systems used in specialized devices, or even on Android. With LOK-IT, authentication is performed using hardware via the onboard PIN-pad.