A new study released today by DHS S&T describes a continuous approach to mobile app vetting that integrates the capabilities of enterprise mobility management (EMM) solutions with app vetting tools to improve the security of mobile devices.
This S&T study recommends federal agencies adopt a continuous approach to standards-based mobile app vetting by integrating vetting tools with EMM and exploring nontraditional approaches, such as app threat intelligence. These approaches would improve overall federal system mobile device and enterprise security while also enabling employees to use apps to conduct business and accomplish their organization’s mission.
In an emergency, it is vital that first responders are able to communicate and share information, regardless of the agency they represent. Yet, interoperability and information integration remain a challenge when it comes to real-time, multi-agency coordination.
To address this challenge, the Center for Visualization and Data Analytics (CVADA) at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Center of Excellence, developed the Mobile Computing Application Platform (MCAP) in partnership with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center.
Law enforcement officials in Indiana and Illinois are using the Gang Graffiti Automatic Recognition and Interpretation (GARI) system, developed by the Center for Visualization and Data Analytics, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Center of Excellence, to identify and track gang activity in their communities via mobile phones by identifying both graffiti and tattoos.
The Auxiliary Communications Interoperable Field Operations Guide (AUXCOM) is now available as the eAUXFOG mobile app on Apple® iOS™ and Google® Android™ devices. The AUXFOG is a technical reference for Auxiliary Communicators supporting public safety emergency communications planning and response.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) funded the development of the Watchtower mobile application, which – as of February 27, 2018 – is available, free of charge for all public safety users.
A pilot project by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) resulted in the successful remediation of potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities in mobile applications (apps) used by the nation’s public-safety professionals, supporting the creation of an on-going mobile app-testing program.
The Securing Mobile Applications for First Responders report describes a mobile application (app) pilot testing program designed to serve a public safety purpose. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International, and Kryptowire LLC, an S&T performer, collaborated to identify security vulnerabilities and privacy issues important for public safety users and to recruit app developers to participate in testing and evaluation. This report describes findings from the testing, feedback from the developers who participated in the pilot, technical and program-level lessons learned, and recommended next steps.
DHS S&T today announced a $749,928 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award to Manassas, Virginia-based Progeny Systems Corporation for developing a secure, mobile application development environment and deployment process.