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BlackBerry’s Paul Battaglia: Derived Credentials Could Help Agencies Protect Mobile Devices

Paul Battaglia

Paul Battaglia, vice president of government sales at BlackBerry (NYSE: BB), has said agencies should protect mobile devices from hackers and adversaries and one way to do that is through the use of derived credentials.

Battaglia wrote that such an approach could help agencies verify the identity of government officials and employees by generating a certificate on their mobile phones.

“The Defense Department is exploring that technology as a possible replacement for Common Access Cards,” he said of derived credential-based technology.

He mentioned how containerization helped the U.S. Air Force safeguard personnel’s mobile phones from vulnerabilities.

Congress should introduce legislation that would expedite the procurement process in order to help agencies build up their cybersecurity posture and “become more nimble” as cyber challenges rise, Battaglia wrote.

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