A federal contractor claims to have modified “thousands” of iPads so that they can be used securely at work by U.S. government officials.
The contractor in question is CACI International, an IT provider based in Arlington, Virginia which says that it tweaked the iPads by modifying the hardware, rather than adding any security software.
“It’s a neutered iPad,” said CACI’s chief executive officer Dan Allen in an interview with Bloomberg. “We’re working on how we effectively brand it.”
The CACI CEO declined the opportunity to elaborate on how the firm secures these iPads, but did say that the tablet’s wireless connectivity and camera are the main causes for concern when the tablets are used in a high-risk environment.
The money for the project apparently comes as a result of the country's dwindling costs associated with the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, and Allan added that most of these iPads are “most likely a product that either came from us or came from someone we work with.”
U.S. President Barack Obama is perhaps the most high-profile politician to use an iPad – which was given to him by Steve Jobs, although Apple’s tablet is also owned by British Prime Minister David Cameron and countless others. Financially stricken Greece even used 100 iPads to help reduce its deficit by $140 billion.