Apple has significantly bolstered its security credentials by hiring former NSA analyst and prominent author David Rice.
As AppleInsider notes, Cupertino is "ramping up" its security efforts to help gain "the trust" of corporations and government agencies who are adopting the iPad and iPhone en masse.
To be sure, Apple is currently gaining (enterprise) ground on RIM, which describes itself as the leader in "CIO friendliness."
Other security-related steps taken by Apple include the recruitment of Mozilla’s former cybersecurity czar, the hiring of former security lead for Microsoft’s Windows XP Service Pack 2, as well as inking a partnership deal with Unisys.
Rice - who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1994 - previously worked as a Global Network Vulnerability analyst for the National Security Agency and as a Special Duty Cryptologic officer for the Navy.
During his service, the U.S. government recognized and awarded David for "significant contributions" to the Department of Defense and the National Security Agency for developing security configuration and design guidance for critical national infrastructure and global networks.
For example, the DoD praised "(his) expertise in vulnerability discovery and countermeasure design," designating it "exceptional and world class."
The DoD also commended Rice for "providing critical configuration and policy guidance on current and emerging technologies, aiding decision makers and protecting sensitive information systems worldwide."
Rice currently serves as the Executive Director of The Monterey Group and Consulting Director for Policy Reform at the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit.