Department of Veterans Affairs

Governement Issued Blackberry

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Blackberry's are a critical piece of equipment for many employees in the VA. There is however no need for all blackberry's to be government purchased. Users not in critcal patient cares role that need blackberry's simply to communicate with staff could, and should purchase these devices themselves. Blackberry's connect to a managed blackberry server. Every device connected is automatically forced to recieve policy whether it is personally owned or governement purchased. This policy is identical no matter what the device. Personal Blackberry's have the exact same encryption as a government blackberry and can even be remotely wiped. Individuals allowed to connect their personal devices to the Blackberry Servers could sign a waver when activated letting them know their device will recieve VA policy and in the event of an incident their device could be remotely wiped.

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Idea No. 7057