As we’ve see over the last several years, mobile security continues to dominate the headlines and trade show chatter. So how is the conversation around mobile security taking shape, so far, in 2012– what’s new and what can expect? Here’s a round-up of what top security experts and thinkers are predicting.
- Anti-Theft Protection – “If mobile devices aren’t under attack to the extent that PCs are, mobile devices still carry a well-known security risk: they tend to get lost or stolen. That fact alone should be reason enough for businesses to take a more rigorous approach to securing mobile devices, including tracking them when they go missing, and ensuring that remote-wipe capabilities are in place should it be too difficult to recover the devices.”—Mathew J. Schwartz, journalist at InformationWeek.
- Mobile VPN – “A VPN that is designed to easily adapt to network changes and that enables seamless mobile roaming is the best option for teleworkers. Solutions should allow devices to automatically change between 3G/4G, Wi-Fi and LAN networks, for example, redirecting the VPN tunnel without interrupting mobile computing sessions. The VPN should also automatically recognize secure and unsecure networks, activating the appropriate firewall and security policies as needed.”—Rainer Enders, CTO Americas, NCP engineering.
- Malvertising – “Malvertising has been one of the banes of Web for years and it is starting to go mobile. Malvertising is when there are genuine looking ads that link back to fraudulent sites that can download malware to a device.”—Dan Rowinski, journalist at ReadWriteWeb.
- Sensitive Data Breaches – “Hackers are targeting mobile platforms not just because they can but also because these devices offer a treasure of personal and financial information…2012 will likely be the year that you start doing your personal banking on a cell phone. Banks are taking heed that customers demand websites that are functional on smart phone or tablet-sized touchscreens as well as apps that put account access a touch away. With the spread of Near Field Communication technology in the newest generation of phones, this may be the year that you start to reach for the phone instead of a credit card at the checkout counter.”—Erin Nealy Cox, contributor at Forbes.
- Increasing Employee Protection – “Securing mobile devices goes beyond traditional network security considerations and IT security managers have to consider whether they want to have firewalls on these devices, as well as if employees are even going to allow for the installation of security controls on their smartphones and tablets.”—Andrew Hay, Senior Security Analyst at 451 Research.
- BYOD Complacency - The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend doesn’t seem to worry security professionals: 44% say mobile devices present only a minor threat, compared with 25% who say they are a major threat. The numbers were similar in 2011. “Respondents who perceive mobile devices as a security threat say the loss of a device is the most significant security concern with mobile devices, and we agree. These devices are easy to lose and easy to steal, so remediating the effects of a loss or theft should be the top priority for security teams.” - Michael A. Davis, CEO of Savid Technologies, a technology and security consulting firm.