Apple is a company that's always taking our breath away. Whether it's the new Mac Pro, 5K iMac, the 2015 MacBook, the spectacular development of the iPhone, advanced technologies in OS X and iOS, Swift, or whatever, sometimes it's really hard to keep pace. Apple, as Phil Schiller has explained at WWDC, wants to take risks and push the limits of technology.
This is how Apple creates a sense of excitement about the future, makes lots if money, and ensures its survival. Even as the customer feels some of it it, the sensation is even more noticeable as an Apple employee. One is exposed to everything, one is encouraged to know everything, always be on top of everything Apple does and explain it with panache.
In turn, it's especially hard to sell Apple's brand of relentless surging into the future to the U.S. Federal government. It requires ample funding to totally embrace Apple's products and technology. This is why Apple products, historically have been relegated to specific groups that couldn't do without such as video production or scientific visualization. That strategy has worked to control costs.
Nowadays, there's an arms race going on between governments. It's not only happening with nuclear weapons, submarines, or missiles. It's also happening on the Internet. Just as the EuroPay/MasterCard/Visa consortium is working to upgrade payment technology, identify weak payment links and assign liability, the U.S. government should be doing the same with secure systems.
For example, how can a government organization that's been seriously breached not consider that the director and every manager must receive a poor performance rating? With jobs at risk. In fact, they shrug and write it off to insufficient funding. There are no failures sufficient to put a an agency, indeed the whole government and its employees, out of business.
The stance Apple has taken on privacy and security and its tendency to quickly leave insufficient technology in the past stands in dramatic contrast to the U.S. Navy which finds itself, incredibly, still dependent on Windows XP. (See page 2 below.) The Navy has had years to prepare for the end of XP support and failed to move forward.
I've seen serious IT managers pooh-pooh Apple products and technologies in the past. It's a rationalization. If one cannot keep up, then it's time for a plate of sour grapes. That thinking must be left behind.
Our most important secrets are going to keep being spilled until the rationalization stops and proper money and accoutability flows into security initiatives. That means ruthlessly leaving the past behind, just like Apple. Meanwhile, the federal frog gets groggier and groggier in the quickly heating water.
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