You hear the question often – “Why can’t government innovate as fast as the commercial sector?” Sometimes this is a legitimate critique, but other times it’s just a well-worn stereotype.

Earlier this week the DHS made an announcement that strongly debunks that negative stereotype. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced that the result of a mobile security project was being transitioned over to a Fairfax-based company called Kryptowire for introduction for commercial availability.

The mobile app project also involved George Mason University, and is designed to conduct stringent security tests on Android smartphone apps to evaluate whether they are safe enough for government agency use. Currently the app only supports Android, but there are plans to eventually expand its functionality to include iOS and Windows Mobile environments.

We are excited to facilitate the transition of this technology into the marketplace where it will benefit consumers,” said Cyber Security Division Mobile Security Program Manager Vincent Sritapan. “This innovative technology will help identify safe, vetted apps that users can choose from while ensuring their digital security.”

This mobile security technology will be featured in the upcoming Cyber Security Division R&D Showcase Technology Demonstration and Poster session on December 16th. The demonstration will unveil more than 60 technologies, tools and techniques aimed at helping to protect and secure cybersecurity across the nation’s critical infrastructure.

The security challenge presented by government going mobile will continue to evolve. Innovative projects like this one from DHS S&T are encouraging signs that government security protocols can keep up, and keep employees safe.