Local Government Security – How Do You Protect Your Data with Rugged Tablets?

Local Government Security - How do you Protect your Data with Rugged TabletsLocal government agencies often have limited budgets yet are expected to maintain fully professional digital security and operational efficiency. Rugged tablets can help fulfill these needs with the dual benefits of fully integrated hardware-software encryption capabilities, and a secure camera option for office to field integrity of data that protect against data vulnerabilities when outside of a closed network.

Rugged tablets protect all types of organizations at various levels of government, the military, public utilities, first responders and other field service organizations. Being able to guard against data loss or theft and unwanted image transmission brings a sense of security to many agencies which have watched multiple high-profile hacking incidents and data breaches plague companies large and small over the past 12 months.

Recent enhancements from DT Research’s Rugged Tablets provide users with a mobile, durable, and reliable lightweight handheld device that is equipped with the latest in security and encryption options. Data can be kept secure by engaging an encrypted SD card slot. Windows 10 IoT Enterprise operating system and TPM chip ensure sensitive data can be quickly secured and transported in the device or out of it.

Device Guard enterprise hardware and software security features permit enabled tablets to run only trusted applications with TPM 1.2 and 2.0 support. The Lock Down feature provides protection against malicious users. Hardware security options can be tailored to fit the need of the office using the devices, and include instant blackout and auto-disable functionality for Bluetooth, RFID, and Wi-Fi on demand.

Camera security involves a mechanical privacy shutter on the rear camera. Software privacy control applies to both the front and rear cameras. The central IT department can instantly shut off a camera on any connected device in a sensitive area, reducing the risk of security or privacy loss. An additional privacy shutter can be installed which requires physical removal of a screw, enabling an even higher level of security during routine use.

Rugged tablets for government use also include practical features for a custom designed user experience. An Intel 6th generation Skylake CPU provides high performance and reliability, a fanless design increases system durability, and screen brightness controls with a max brightness of 800 nits allows superior viewing in sunlight.

In contrast to consumer grade tablets or BYOD smartphones, rugged tablets provide the security required for government agencies to feel confident in their ability to keep information secure.

Five Reasons Government Agencies Should Invest in Rugged Tablets in 2017

Five-Reasons-Government-Agencies-Should-Invest-in-Rugged-Tablets-in-2017Local, state, and federal agencies are finally getting up to speed with the latest tech, the  adoption of rugged tablets is increasing among government agencies. The combination of mobility, durability, and customization means that demand for these purpose-built devices is exploding.

Significant advancements in software and hardware means that every department can specify what matters most to their goals and receive customized devices that meet those unique needs.  Here are 5 reasons all government agencies should be considering a shift to rugged tablets in 2017.

Environment

Consumer grade tablets, smartphones, and laptop computers simply aren’t designed to function and remain intact in the often harsh environments they find themselves deployed in. The many verticals in which the public sector uses mobile computing (especially in instances when military personnel are involved on or off the field) means that a durable option that meets computing and connectivity parameters is vital.

Security

The ability to configure a tablet for a single user or series of users with varying levels of access confirmable with a Common Access Card, TPM chip, or other means of verification is also important. Rugged tablets can contain several levels of security designed to allow functionality and flexibility without compromising sensitive data. They can also be coded to meet high level government requirements such as those demanded by the NSA and other agencies that may demand blackouts for sensitive situations or information.

Functionality

A variety of additions – both software and hardware related – can be made to any rugged tablet, providing it with NFC/RFID reading ability, scanners, cameras, GPS and GIS functions, and more. Instead of a group of devices to store, carry, transport, and manage, a single device does the job of many in a single hand carry, vehicle mountable format.

Privacy

Consumer tablets designed for massive appeal across a broad segment of the population may have built in weaknesses when it comes to commonly sought features like easy to access and configure Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, radio, and cell communication functions. While ideal for the public, these features can compromise government user privacy and productivity, as can the pre-installation of social media apps such as Twitter and Facebook. Rugged tablets are designed to decrease data vulnerability.

Portability

Purpose-built rugged tablets can also be configured to work with existing tech at the office, on the road, or in the field. Vehicle mounts make transport simple, while sunlight-readable/outdoor-viewable screens turn moving from light into shadow or shifting from outdoors to indoors non-problematic. Networks can be accessed from within range, and the device can communicate with others in range if required.

Common workflows can be streamlined, and productivity boosted with the deployment of rugged tablets across almost any government organization. Adding such devices to the 2017 budget could be one of the smartest moves of the year.