The White House may ban its staff from using personal mobile phones at work due to cyber-security concerns.
According to Bloomberg, the ban is possibly due to the rise in leaks to the media and foreign governments. A White House official who did not want to be named told newsmen that too many too many devices were connected to the in-house wireless network and that personal phones were not as secure as those issued by the government for job related calls.
The phones issued by White House to its employees cannot send texts and are blocked from accessing only a few websites like Gmail. What this means that is that White House employees will not be able to check their personal email using their phones during work hours but can be contacted on the official phones.
While Bloomberg’s report indicates that ‘President Donald Trump has repeatedly complained about press leaks since taking office, however the anonymous White House official insisted that the isn’t connected to concerns about unauthorised disclosures to news organisations but more due to cyber-security concerns.
Earlier this year, President Trump set an example and handed over his personal 'insecure' Android device for a secret service-approved iPhone. It may be recalled that former White House Communications Director Sean Spicer who also served as a Press Secretary, had demanded that all White House employees to hand over their handsets for random checks to see if they had leaked damaging information to the media.
Interestingly, during President Trump's recent Asia trip, staff members were given disposable phones substituting their personal mobile due to cybersecurity concerns.