Preparing for a business trip – international or domestic – used to be a fairly routine ritual. Not anymore. Carrying those electronic essentials poses new threats to personal and enterprise security that savvy travelers must be aware of.
You can now add Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore) to the growing list of government officials and entities urging national security advisors to provide a higher level of security for government smartphones.
Recent news reports, covering two separate incidents, confirm a conclusion we continue to draw attention to when talking with security professionals, our customers and anyone concerned about their mobile security posture: Smartphones are inherently vulnerable, and little – to date – can be done to protect, detect, and remediate the compromises. Without full view into the ecosystem of the phone, software solutions alone will never be enough to safeguard the important information of users and protect their privacy.
The topic of smartphone hacking isn’t likely to make it into Monday morning watercooler conversation. That is of course, unless you are a security professional and the very survival of your organization may hang on understanding it and protecting against it.