Contractor modifies thousands of iPads for government use

By , Feb 10, 2013

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CACI, or Consolidated Analysis Center Incorporated, is a federal contractor that delivers various information technology services to government agencies. Its primary focus is security, and it goes through great lengths to provide protected business solutions for its clients.

A good example of this is the work it’s doing with Apple’s mobile products. In a recent interview, CACI’s CEO Dan Allen said that his company has altered ‘thousands’ of iPads so that they can be used securely by high-ranking government officials—including the President…

Bloomberg reports:

“We’re looking at how do you go chase that market and how do you put partnerships in place,” Allen said. “The things that we’re doing with Apple around mobility — it’s a broad market play.”

CACI, based in Arlington, Virginia, secures iPads for the government by altering the hardware rather than by providing software, Allen said. While the iPad’s wireless connectivity and camera are among the features he said are risky in a top-secret environment, he declined to provide details on how CACI secures the devices.”

A number of US officials are known to use Apple products, most notably President Barack Obama. In an interview with ABC News in late 2011, The President said that he had received a pre-release version of the iPad 2 directly from the then-Apple CEO himself, Steve Jobs.

So did Obama’s iPad 2 get the CACI treatement? It’s very possible. Allen told Bloomberg that all of the iPads seen being used by top government officials are more than likely a product that either came from his company [CACI], or came from someone they work with.

Apple has really come a long way in the enterprise space over the past few years. These days it seems like its gaining high-profie corporate and government accounts almost as fast as BlackBerry is losing them. And it’s obvious that companies like CACI are part of the reason for that.

It’d be interesting to see exactly what CACI does to the iPads to get them ready to handle classified documents and what not.

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  • http://twitter.com/myorangeisstuck wahaha

    Why would he be using a pre-released version?

    IT SHOULD BE MINTED AND DISPLAYED!!

    • Falk M.

      Him using it makes it more worthy than a mint box of something that a couple of weeks later on can be had anyways anywhere…

      Just saying…

  • RarestName

    Thousands of iPads screaming for a jailbreak D:

  • http://www.facebook.com/siggen Sigurd Bøe

    And all those iPads are surly jailbroken, and secured software wise also…. I would believe.

  • Falk M.

    “In an interview with ABC News in late 2011, The President said that he had received a pre-release version of the iPad 2 directly from the Apple CEO himself, Steve Jobs.”

    Didn’t know Steve is still CEO… ;) :P

    Anyways, poking fun aside, you probably want to fix that, Cody.

    • Melvco

      Hmm….that sentence you’re referring to is both in past-tense, and draws off a direct quote from The President. So technically it was fine. But I changed it to ‘the then-Apple CEO’ to clarify it for you.

      • Falk M.

        Well, direct quotation requires quotation marks.

        And past-tense doesn’t have anything to do with it therefore. “then-CEO” is required for everything that is not a direct quote.

      • http://www.facebook.com/derfaust.mobile Der Faust

        dude…really…..?…. you are going to argue grammar ….lol… go to khan academy to do that :)….

      • Falk M.

        Well, I’d have done it the background way via a report button, like most sites with articles have, but since it’s common practice on here to do it in the comments, I went that way. *shrug*

        Really bothered that much by it?

      • http://twitter.com/ironstylus iron stylus

        It’s not actually a direct quotation, he said it draws off a direct quotation, also, past tense has everything to do with it, Jobs was CEO when he gave the iPad to Obama therefore the sentence was correct because it was in the past, therefore: past tense.

      • Falk M.

        Exactly, and since it is no direct quatation usual rules of tense apply.

        So yes, past tense, but you can’t cherry pick what you’re adapting to past tense, you have to go all the way and if something has been true in the past, but isn’t anymore at the time of writing, then you have to make clear that the CEO you’re talking about is a former CEO.

      • Guest

        It not actually a direct quotation, he said it draws off a direct quotation, also, past tense has everything to do with it, Jobs was CEO when he gave the iPad to Obama therefore the sentence was correct because it was in the past, therefore: past tense.

  • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

    Just love how people on here alway’s make comments on the way that someone types or miss spells something or doesn’t use the correct punctuation and then use’s :-) or :P or ;-) and shit like that..
    I’am not having a go at anyone it’s just a observation..

    • RarestName

      an* :-)

  • Ben

    Meanwhile in the White House, Barack Obama is playing Angry Birds…

    • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

      Lol

    • zhaneo

      lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Arthur-Ribeiro/100000334723179 Arthur Ribeiro

    Grammar whores detected

  • http://www.hiddenbrains.com/ Anna Harris

    You are true “sigurd” that all iPad are surely jail broken which will be used by USA government. There is no doubt at all.