Mobile Device Security
Keith is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Head of Global Infrastructure Services at Universal Weather and Aviation, a billion-dollar international aviation services company that operates 50 locations in 20 countries. Keith frequently speaks on various cybersecurity topics. Keith holds a MS in Computer Systems and a BS in Mechanical Engineering.
So you got the latest Smartphone or Tablet for the Holidays…
What should you know about securing it?
- Your mobile devices can be bigger risks than your PC.
- Keep your operating system patched.
- Keep your applications “apps” updated.
- Do not trust unsolicited applications
- Do not use “cheats” to get extra features, not from an approved vendor.
- Mobile devices are easily lost or stolen.
- The data on these devices is private and you don’t want to share it unknowingly.
Ensure all devices require a passcode or other authentication to unlock.
- Be aware of the limits and benefits of biometric sensors.
- Use two-factor authentication where possible
- Do not share your access code
- Look into remote disabling and wiping features.
- This may be offered by your cellular network provider.
- It may also require you to enable those features on the phone.
- There are also third-party tools that you can use to control, monitor, and even track your devices.
- Remember this will turn your device into a brick
One of the biggest risks to mobile devices is malicious applications.
- Only download software from trusted sources.
- Android App Store
- Apple App Store
- Verified 3rd party App Stores
- Make sure you understand the permissions each application requires.
- In Android
- You may have to temporarily allow installs from “Unknown Sources.”
- This is the case for Amazon applications
- Make sure to disable “Unknown Sources” as soon as you are finished installing or updating the software.
Mobile Devices are susceptible to viruses, and other malicious hacker assaults.
- Anti-virus tools can help protect your mobile devices
- Cellular Network Providers offer these tools as a part of their services.
- Many PC/Mac based anti-virus systems offer an option for mobile devices as well.
- Apple does not offer at this time an anti-virus application for iOS devices.
Protect your self by protecting your electronic data stored on your mobile device.
- Do not access sensitive data or conduct sensitive transactions.
- Even a secure device can be accessed over public Wi-Fi networks.
- Attackers can hide and intercept traffic in any public area like your local coffee shop.
- Bluetooth, WiFi, and Cellular are all “networks” where your data is sent through the air.
- Air is not a “safe” or “protected” medium.
- When accessing financial applications on mobile devices
- Do not select the “Remember my password” option.
- Do not perform tasks that require you to “send” account information.
- Where possible encrypt any data that is sent from your device or is stored on your device.
- Encrypt the hard drive of your mobile device.
- Apple iOS does this by default. (It can be cracked.)
- It is Optional on Android and Windows devices.
- In Android: Go to Settings >> Security >> Encryption >> Encrypt.
Remember: If it’s on your device and your device is “On”, your data and personal information is vulnerable.