When security experts were making their 2012 threat predictions, the rise in mobile malware and the increasing need for better mobile security were high on everyone's list. BYOD - bring your own device - was beginning to make its way into the security discussion.
Now it appears these two important issues are moving to the front of the security discussion. Or, at least they are being considered serious enough that I've noticed two things happening.
First, at the RSA Conference 2012, mobile security will, for the first time ever, be given its own session track. Last year, I was able to sit in on a number of sessions and interviews where mobile security was discussed, but it was in addition to the topic at hand, not the primary focus. This year, it will be a primary focus - and based on the number of announcement emails I've received over the past month, we can expect a lot of announcements regarding the latest in mobile security applications, ideas and concerns.
And now, you can't talk about mobile devices or mobile security issues without discussing BYOD. According to a SearchSecurity.com article:
The BYOD phenomenon has also created a myriad of legal and technical challenges for enterprises. How does an enterprise ensure standard security best practices are enforced without putting severe restrictions on an employee's personally owned device? RSA 2012 offers at least six sessions addressing BYOD issues.
No doubt I will be talking more about mobile security over the coming year, as I have for the past year or two. But I do believe, between the RSA and surveys, we are beginning to scratch the surface when it comes to the importance of mobile security in today's workplace.