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Are Smartphones the Biggest IT Threat?

Now that they're Internet-connected and powerful enough to run all sorts of applications, smartphones can do so much more than your existing security policies might take into account. Are you ready to deal with geo-location based attacks and more?


If you're like me and you were around back when hardware and software were essentially dominated by the Wintel crowd, you probably remember something very troubling about that era. Remember how software and hardware were developed separately and the issues this caused? Well the same people who brought us this failed model have delivered it to us once again in the mobile arena. What we have now is a repeat of the Windows security problem, only it's now spun out to devices that are nearly impossible to manage.

But wait, that's not all.

Because of the costs involved in producing mobile hardware, manufacturers are not doing any security quality assurance. One manufacturer flat-out refuses to allow any security applications on its handsets. Yet, there are hardly any security tools available today that address the exploding mobile marketplace.

Many of us remember when cellular carriers would not pass TCP traffic, and bandwidth limitations made it not economically viable to attack mobile devices. On top of that, processing power was very limited and unable to carry out meaningful or profitable attacks.

Those days are gone.

Read "Why Smartphones May Be the Biggest Security Vulnerability in Your Enterprise" at Enterprise IT Planet