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April 2012

Four mobile device security threats and three tools to manage them

The ongoing consumerisation of IT has increased pressure on organisations to support mobile workers who demand the latest smartphones and tablets. These devices offer a convenient way to work when out of the office, whether it be for checking email or using the device as a sales tool. Because these devices are so different from working on a traditional laptop, it’s often thought existing security practices are not required. This article will dispel that myth, review four key mobile device security threats and explain how you can defend against them. The same threats that exist against traditional computing devices also apply to mobile devices. These include malware (such as the iPhoneOS.ikee.worm), social engineering attacks (where a mobile device user is tricked into visiting a malicious site that automatically installs malware), data loss and man-in-the-middle attacks. Malware -- The standard security practice of applying antivirus to corporate machines should also be applied to mobile devices. Antivirus products exist for ...

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