Moving Targets

Mobile computing devices have become indispensable tools. Small but risky, and as powerful as desktops or laptops.

Risky Business

Mobile devices can increase productivity, but the risks can be significant. These risks include:

  • Mobile devices store significant amounts of personal, private or sensitive information
  • Portability makes it more difficult to implement physical controls
  • Device's can be lost or stolen
  • Information may be intercepted in cyberspace
  • Data loss
  • Malware risks, as malware can infect mobile devices and used as a platform for malicious activity

Mobile Security

Some tips to keep you and your devices safe include:

  • Keep mobile systems and application software patched and up-to-date.
  • Download applications only from vendor-authorized sites. Sites offering free games or ring tones may distribute malware.
  • Follow your organization's policy about downloading software used for work.
  • Don’t risk being exposed to malware by opening unexpected attachments. As with your desktop, only open attachments from trusted sources.
  • Do not click links unless they are from trusted sources. Beware of links from unsolicited email or text messages which may introduce malware.
  • Report a lost device to your carrier or organization immediately. Some devices allow the data to be erased remotely.
  • Wipe all data from the device before disposing of it to prevent others from accessing the data.