Summary: Tackling Mobile Security Risks for Government
As mobility becomes more pervasive, these concepts of cyber crime have become engrained in our work/life culture. These issues have earned national news headlines as governments across the globe grapple with how to build both secure and mobile-enabled infrastructures.
A few weeks ago, Cisco and Mobile Work Exchange released findings from a self-assessment tool that highlights some interesting statistics, enabling us to better understand mobile security best practices and vulnerabilities. The report specifically looks at government employees, 90 percent of whom claim to use at least one mobile device for work, and reveals that many government workers (41 percent) are putting themselves and their agencies at risk.
The amount of security breaches that have made the news in the past year may come as no surprise given this information. These facts speak to the need for employees to reevaluate their mobile security behaviors and for government agencies to strengthen mobile security protocols.
As the shift toward mobility and cloud services places a greater security burden on endpoints and mobile devices, which in some cases may never even touch the corporate network, we propose that government agencies implement a solid approach to help mitigate these concerns.
How can public sector agencies find the right balance of trust, transparency, and privacy in their mobility strategy?
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