Feds move to secure mobile devices with machine learning, biometrics

Computerworld: Amid the growing use of mobile devices for work by federal employees, U.S. defense and intelligence agencies are fast adopting biometrics and other alternative ways of  computers, smartphones and tablets, according to a new report.

More than 90% of federal agency IT officials in an online survey said their organizations provide secure mobile access for work-issued devices, but less than 20% support workers' personal devices to access most agency systems. Forty percent of those same officials voiced concern about securing personal devices, according to the online survey of federal government IT and cybersecurity officials.

The survey found that among federal workers: 33% rely on personal laptops, 49% rely on personal smartphones and 74% rely on personal tablets for work – even though federal agency IT managers don't support most of those devices.

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