Mobile Security: Shrink the device, grow the threats

Posted: May 18, 2012 in Uncategorized
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I was interviewed recently by Wes Simonds, a freelance technology writer who blogs for IBM Software, on the subject of mobile device security and some of the inherent challenges with “herding the cats” in this space. Here are a few of my quotes from the article:

  • “The form factor has shrunk, but the threat has not. We can either learn how to surf the tsunami of mobile devices or be crushed by it. And since the waters are shark-infested with hackers, the risks of getting it wrong are significant.”
  • “Whereas we used to have the data in some glass house, in some controlled environment, now it’s sitting in somebody’s pocket. Or worse yet, it’s sitting in the back of a taxi cab that you took an hour ago. And it’s still riding around New York City. And you aren’t.”
  • “When it comes to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), we as IT security professionals have to learn to say ‘how’ rather than ‘no,’’ said Crume. “‘Because if we don’t, users will do it anyway, and in a far more insecure manner.”

Here’s a link to the full article:

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