Accession Number : ADA619501


Title :   Policy and Policy Formulation Considerations for Incorporation of Secure Mobile Devices in USMC Ground Combat Units


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF INFORMATION SCIENCES


Personal Author(s) : Epstein, Robert J


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a619501.pdf


Report Date : Sep 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 155


Abstract : Modern information technology evolves at a rapid pace, and the U.S. Marine Corps ground combat units require cutting-edge capabilities in order to maintain a competitive advantage. The advent and military application of smartphones and smartphone applications provide a plethora of advantages that these forces seek to leverage, yet the very rapidity of their development presents a host of network security problems. This thesis examines the conceptual risk framework for incorporating smartphones into ground combat units, and uses a cutting-edge smartphone capability, the Field Information Support Tool, as a case study. Furthermore, the comparatively slow policy-making process of the DOD ensures that policy requirements will lag behind the emerging technologies and the novel threats these technologies introduce. This thesis conducts a policy review of existing DOD policies that apply to smartphones and network security, as well as examines and models the policy formulation process in an effort to reform it in a way more conducive to the incorporation of fast-growing capabilities.


Descriptors :   *COMPUTER NETWORK SECURITY , *POCKET COMPUTERS , *POLICIES , BUSINESS PROCESS REENGINEERING , LAND WARFARE , MARINE CORPS , MILITARY APPLICATIONS , MILITARY CAPABILITIES , RISK , THESES


Subject Categories : Computer Hardware
      Computer Systems Management and Standards
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE