September 16, 2014

Report Lists Top Threats to Mobile Computing

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Here’s a recently released report from the Cloud Security Alliance, an organization whose members include ACM, AT&T, Amazon Web Services, Google, HP, IBM, Microsoft, RSA, University of Nebraska, and many others.

The report includes some facts and findings that will be of interest to both those who handle Internet access as well issues mobile device users should be aware of.

Top Mobile Threats is a result of a survey of more than 200 enterprise participants representing 26 countries globally.

Rank of Top Mobile Threats

  1. Data loss from lost, stolen or decommissioned devices
  2. Information-stealing mobile malware
  3.  Data loss and data leakage through poorly written third-party applications
  4.  Vulnerabilities within devices, OS, design and third-party applications. Insecure Wifi network or rogue access points
  5.  Insecure WiFi, network access and rogue access points.
  6. Insecure or rogue marketplaces
  7.  Insufficient management tools, capabilities and access to APIs (includes personas).
  8. NFC and proximity-based hacking.

The results in the Top Threats to Mobile Computing report, which focused on those threats posed by smartphones and tablets, are intended to aid information security professionals and educate the industry about security concerns. In addition to identifying top threats, respondents also indicated a couple of additional concerns with 64 percent of respondents believing that NFC and proximity-based hacking will happen in 2013. Also 81 percent of respondents believe that insecure WiFi and rogue access points are already happening today. This is of particular concern as the proliferation of mobile devices consequently increases the use of and reliance on WiFi networks.

Direct to Full Text Report: Top Threats to Mobile Computing (via Cloud Security Alliance)

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.