Rob Anderson: AT&T, Sprint, Verizon to Help Marine Corps Test Mobile Devices

SmartphoneThe U.S. Marine Corps has selected AT&T (NYSE: T),  Sprint (NYSE: S) and Verizon (NYSE: VZ) for a program to test the use of personal devices by civilian and uniformed employees at work, Federal Times reported Friday.

Nicole Blake Johnson writes 20 loaned devices running the Android and Apple’s iOS operating systems will be used for the four-month beta testing.

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Rob Anderson, chief of the USMC’s C4 vision and strategy division, said the mobile carriers will work to secure the employees’ personal smartphones based on the branch’s standards, according to the report.

Anderson also said devices will undergo a series of security tests before the program’s implementation in the second quarter of fiscal year 2015, according to the report.

The mobile devices contain security features that work to separate personal and business data that is intended to be remotely erased if the device is lost or stolen, Federal Times reports.

“We can’t touch that side no matter what because of the security inside of the device, ” Anderson said.

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