There are clearly a lot of issues these days with smartphone security given all the reports of these devices being compromised by hackers. Unfortunately, companies have taken to handing out smartphones like candy, so it's little wonder we're starting to see more smartphone security issues, whether it's something as mundane as losing the device, or having sensitive data removed from the device itself or illicitly accessed on a corporate server.
To help IT organizations better prevent these issues from occurring in the first place, the folks at Total Defense have come up with five basic tips for securing smartphones. Don DeBolt, director of threat research for Total Defense, says one of the reasons that smartphone security is rapidly becoming a bigger issue is the proliferation of devices based on the Google Android operating system. Because those devices are based on an open source operating system, they are easier to compromise than Apple iPhone or Research In Motion (RIM) BlackBerry devices that operate within a closed ecosystem.
DeBolt adds that this situation isn't likely to change anytime soon given all the vendor and government politics involved, so, in effect, what the carriers that resell Google Android devices are really saying is that it's up to the customer to secure them. In contrast, both Apple and RIM vet the applications they make available to customers, including checking them for malware.
No matter what network a smartphone is operating on, there's no doubt that IT organizations are going to have to take more proactive measures to secure them. The question then becomes: Are the actions going to take place because it's the smart thing to do, or because the fines associated with compliance regulations are about to make not securing smartphones too cost prohibitive to ignore?