Do mobile devices present security risks?
Mobile gadgets are very useful for convenience and enabling people to be
“online all the time.” Governments have frequently used mobile devices to increase labour productivity and access to resources.
However, using mobile devices for data exchange and communication introduces new points of entry into the network and naturally raises security concerns.
Mobile malware risks are undoubtedly on the rise, and losing a mobile device poses a serious security risk.
Personal devices used at work and user authentication provide additional hazards associated with mobile devices.
The National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST) document “Guidelines for managing the security of mobile devices in the workplace”
(SP 800-124) outlines a number of issues that government agencies should adhere to.