Security Departments Focus on Network Speed over Network Protection

Ann All

Remember all the hubbub last year over whether recently elected President Barack Obama would be able to keep his BlackBerry? IT Business Edge blogger Lora Bentley produced an interesting post about some of the security issues raised by Obama's BlackBerry after interviewing former Deputy White House Chief of Staff Joseph Hagin, among other folks.

 

Ultimately, Obama got to keep his device, but only with the addition of some special security software.

 

Maybe Norwegian officials are a little less uptight than those in the United States. What else to make of this photograph of Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg using his iPad in a New York airport, apparently for work-related activities? The PM told CNN:

It's very normal for a PM to travel abroad so this is not different from the other travels, it just lasts some days more than expected. We have the Internet, the mobile phone. I also use an iPad, which is excellent.

Stoltenberg isn't the only political official who likes Apple's trendy device. Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander, head of the National Security Agency mentioned his iPad at a recent Congressional hearing, calling it "wonderful," according to an item on Forbes.

 

Regardless of Alexander's opinion, there are iPad security concerns, reports Computerworld. Experts surveyed by the publication gave the iPad marks ranging from B to F for enterprise security readiness. Some of them believe the iPad possesses the same security vulnerabilities as some early models of the iPhone. All the experts in the article suggest steps such as using complex passcodes; locking the device after a maximum number of password retries; enforcing device timeout to prevent theft of data when a device is left unused; disabling access to YouTube, App Store and iTunes; preventing capture of screenshots; and installing certificates for VPN use.

 


I figure Stoltenberg is using his iPad for non-sensitive data only and/or has had crack security folks give it a once-over. But how does he cope with the iPad's lack of multitasking? Surely his device doesn't yet have that capability, which apparently is coming with the latest iPhone operating system.



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