Australian government approves Apple’s iOS for handling top secret info

“The Australian government’s peak adviser on information security has given the tick of approval for iPhones and iPads to be used for storing and communicating classified government information,” The Australian Associated Press reports.

“Acting director of the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD), Mike Burgess, said the department has led the way in developing means to enable devices running the latest Apple operating system, called iOS version 5, to handle secret information up to Protected level,” AAP reports. “He said iOS5 had successfully passed an evaluation using a stringent and intensive security assessment to ensure it met Australian Government information security requirements.”

AAP reports, “This security evaluation, the first of its kind for iOS5, covers devices owned and managed by Australian government agencies that have implemented specific DSD security advice.”

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[Attribution: AppleInsider. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

4 Comments

  1. The headline says TOP SECRET, but the article says PROTECTED.

    The Australian government security levels are as follows:

    TOP SECRET
    SECRET
    CONFIDENTIAL
    PROTECTED

    Protected is the lowest level.

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