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Will Amazon's Fire kindle a new push for personal tech at work?

Will the release of Amazon's Kindle Fire start a new round of feds bringing personal devices to work?

The Fire is a pretty nifty gadget. The Insider is not always an early adopter, but he bought one of these the first day it was available. At $199, it serves as an Amazon content delivery tool and an Android apps-running tablet PC. It's not as fully featured as the iPad, but it's affordable to a wider range of customers, and therefore likely to become more plentiful over the next few months.

The Fire connects to WiFi, which means it's probable that at least some feds are going to ask to connect to an agency network. That, and the upcoming gift-giving season, make this a good time to revisit the issue of hooking personal devices into agency networks, a security challenge counterbalanced by demand. Is your agency reconsidering its approach to the question?

Posted by Michael Hardy on Nov 29, 2011 at 12:18 PM


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Thu, Dec 1, 2011 Gerry Senker United States

Now if only it could run Gmail. http://www.billionairechronicles.net/billionaire-news/open-letter-to-jeff-bezos-what-no-gmail-on-kindle-fire

Thu, Dec 1, 2011 Tim WPAFB

Agree with GimmeABreak. Only in government would we be having this conversation. Go to any commercial company, get a job, and tell them you want to be able to connect your personal computer hardware to the company network and see where that gets you.

Thu, Dec 1, 2011 GimmeABreak

Is this a real conversation we are having here? What difference does it make what device someone wants to play with at the office. The answer to connect to the network was/is always no, why would you ever think differently? Keep your toys at home.

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