In an effort to have a comprehensive mobile strategy across the entire agency, the U.S. Department of Defense has taken a big step to expand mobile beyond BlackBerry, according to FederalTimes.com. The Defense Information Systems Agency released a proposal for a mobile device management system that will not be required to support BlackBerry and Windows devices.

"Ultimately, DoD expects its MDM solution will support 8 million devices, including all department-issued mobile devices and computers," the news source said. "Some civilian agencies have purchased or are in the process of procuring mobile device management solutions to centrally manage devices, ensure software patches are current, block access to certain applications and wipe data on the phone remotely if it is lost or stolen."

The procurement, according to DISA, is a "significant step" toward giving employees mobile communications abilities across the entire enterprise, Federal Times said. The program would immediately manage 162,500 devices.

In early October, the Department of Veterans Affairs also adopted a mobile device management system that will grow to 100,000 handsets and tablets, Federal News Radio reported. More government agencies are using these programs to secure and enable bring your own device policies.