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Using information and communication technology (ICT) to enhance government service delivery and administrative processes is an objective of the Australian Government's e-government policy. Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) can help people in government manage information more efficiently, especially when they are outside their normal office environment. The efficient and effective use of PEDs requires informed planning and careful management, paying particular attention to whole-of-government security considerations. The Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) has developed ICT security policy on the use of PEDs in the Australian Government. This policy is described in the Australian Government Information and Communications Technology Security Manual (ACSI 33). This Better Practice Guidance for CEOs and CIOs - Security Considerations for the Use of Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) - has been developed to assist CEOs and CIOs in considering the approval, requirements and appropriate use of PEDs in their ICT environment in accordance with government security policy and consistent with a risk managed approach. It is complementary to Better Practice Guidance No. 23 - Use of BlackBerry Devices.
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