Roger Baker, CIO at the VA, says desktop computers will eventually phase out, as mobile devices become predominant channels for communication and work. That evolution has made plans for ongoing mobile security a priority for organizations that cross every business sector.
The BlackBerry disruption strikes at a core IT security precept: availability. Yet, as cybersecurity and IT architecture practitioner Winn Schwartau points out, it also raises the less-often talked about proposition of accountability.
What fraud and security issues does Paul Smocer, the new president of BITS, see as being top concerns in the coming year? Mobile payments, social media, and a strong need for institutions and organizations to comply with existing guidance top the list.
Facial recognition, arguably, is the technology that most threatens individual privacy online, and that's on the mind of Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, who has asked the FTC to report on its growing use.
Giving employees the chance to use their own mobile devices on their employers' network isn't necessarily given. That's what Delaware Chief Security Officer Elayne Starkey found when the state implemented a new program to allow the secure use of personal devices on state networks.
"Organizations are putting in layers of security and tools to safeguard information and assets, however, the fraudsters are attacking our weakest link, the consumer," says Anthony Vitale of Patelco Credit Union.
"With a company-issued device, you can issue a policy that says users have no rights of privacy over information on the device," says Javelin's Tom Wills. But with employee-owned devices? A whole new set of issues.
Elayne Starkey recently gave up her BlackBerry for an iPhone, and uses the Apple mobile device for personal and work doings, securely connecting to the computer system of her employer, the state of Delaware.