Ten Security Tips for Personally Managed iPhones and iPads - Slide 4

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"Jailbreaking" is the term that refers to the process of modifying the iOS device's operating system in violation of the end-user license agreement. Jailbreaking significantly damages the device's ability to resist attacks because it disables the enforcement of code signatures, which is an important security feature. Jailbreaking an iPhone or iPad makes the attacker's job substantially easier. Most publicly released attacks targeted at iOS devices require that they first be jailbroken.

Another concern related to jailbreaking is the quality of the tools and applications provided by the jailbreaking community. These free applications are developed with little oversight and limited testing. They may include viruses or other malware, and they may inflict lasting harm on your device by breaking it permanently or corrupting your data.

Smartphones, tablets and other mobile computing devices are becoming our go-to devices when it comes to getting things done, especially outside of the traditional office setting. They're just too convenient, and the increasing power packed into these gadgets means that some of them are worthy (or nearly worthy) of supplanting the laptops and desktops they once supplemented.

However, the smaller form factor of these devices, the "nomadic" nature in which they are used and the proliferation of different strategies (or inadequate ones) for securing these devices means that they create their own kinds of risks to your business data.

Given the risks, it’s important to adhere to strong security practices, especially if your device is personally managed and not administered by your company’s IT department. This slideshow features recommendations from The Information Assurance Mission at the NSA for securing your personally managed iPhone or iPad.

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