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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

FCW in Print

In the latest issue: Looking back on three decades of big stories in federal IT.


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    Exit interview with Anne Rung

    The government's departing top acquisition official said she leaves behind a solid foundation on which to build more effective and efficient federal IT.

  • Charles Phalen

    Administration appoints first head of NBIB

    The National Background Investigations Bureau announced the appointment of its first director as the agency prepares to take over processing government background checks.

  • Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)

    Senator: Rigid hiring process pushes millennials from federal work

    Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said agencies are missing out on younger workers because of the government's rigidity, particularly its protracted hiring process.

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    FCW @ 30

    Since 1987, FCW has covered it all -- the major contracts, the disruptive technologies, the picayune scandals and the many, many people who make federal IT function. Here's a look back at six of the most significant stories.

  • Shutterstock image.

    A 'minibus' appropriations package could be in the cards

    A short-term funding bill is expected by Sept. 30 to keep the federal government operating through early December, but after that the options get more complicated.

  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco

    DOD launches new tech hub in Austin

    The DOD is opening a new Defense Innovation Unit Experimental office in Austin, Texas, while Congress debates legislation that could defund DIUx.

Reader comments

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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