BYOD, Social Media Among Top Security Threats of 2013
Consumerization of IT represents a challenge that encompasses social media and BYOD and goes beyond those platforms.Organizations of all sizes are facing fresh security challenges in the year ahead, due in a large part to bring your own device (BYOD) programs, social media networks and the general "consumerization" of IT, according to a report from information services specialist Wisegate. These threats from devices, applications and services, which are no longer fully under the control of an official IT department, introduce a wide range of IT security threats that are completely unintentional but no less real. The report said allowing workers to use their own mobile devices, be they smartphones, tablets or notebook computers, presents a serious threat to network and data security. Chief security officers (CSOs) are concerned about the theft, loss or leakage of company data, proper storage and transmittal of company data such as storage in the cloud or transmittal through popular services like Dropbox. They also worry about the limitations of managing devices and how far the organization can, or should, go toward locking down devices. CSOs are also concerned about malware and spyware aimed at mobile devices, and how (or even whether) to support a growing number of devices that use a variety of operating systems, applications, firmware and mobile carriers. Social media is another area where platforms like Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook could be used for spear-phishing attacks and may potentially reveal confidential company information. The report cautioned that there is a need for enforceable policies and procedures as well as awareness training to help control the type of information workers share on a personal level when it might be connected with work assets.