TITLE

Portable Security: Safeguarding PDAs And Smartphones

AUTHOR(S)
Phifer, Lisa
PUB. DATE
December 2004
SOURCE
Business Communications Review;Dec2004, Vol. 34 Issue 12, p19
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article discusses various issues related to safeguarding of smartphones and personal digital assistants (PDAs). Much has changed since the first generation of handheld computers and personal information managers emerged nearly a decade ago. Today's PDAs are considerably smaller, faster, better connected, and capable of running many of the same business applications found on laptops and desktops. Although three out of four workers use their PDAs and smartphones at least partly for business, the vast majority of these devices are still purchased by individuals. Increased business use of more capable devices, combined with general disregard for business risk and countermeasures, have created a potent breeding ground for compromised security. Three Palm-based viruses were released in 2000, followed by cellphone 911 denial-of-service outbreaks in Spain and Japan. The article author views that one should conduct a security assessment of existing handheld devices. In the case, where built-in security features provide insufficient defense, one should look for suitable third-party products to fill the gap.
ACCESSION #
15341990

 

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