Thursday, January 6, 2011

Enterprise Security Isn't Ready for Mobility

McAfee has released a report that says companies are going to get in deep trouble in 2011 because of the rapid proliferation of mobile devices, particularly the iPad, iPhone and Android devices. Not only does the problem lie with the devices themselves and their easy connection with corporate systems, but it also lies with the use of those devices for social media and other apps that make use of geographical location. By tracking a particular device, hackers can see where a particular device is located at any time, graph those locations over time, obtain the personal information of the users and use this information to launch targeted attacks, which have a track record of success better than random attacks. It all adds up to major headaches for security administrators and the enterprises overall, not only from the point of view of the users but also the protection of enterprise data. For an article on the McAfee release, check this link.

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