iBeacon Spying On You? New Mobile Security Risksjacob Evans
With the Internet of Things (IoT) mobile devices can communicate with nearly anything in their vicinity – even unintentionally. Do you really want to exchange data with everything? Although interconnectivity opens up a whole new world of opportunity, it also creates a significant security risk for the mobile enterprise and government users.
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What’s The Risk?
It’s already been shown that internet enabled cars can be controlled remotely taking over steering, acceleration, braking, and even radio controls. Similar remote hacking also places millions of Android devices at risk, and security breaches can occur within seconds.
The world today largely revolves around social media which by nature seeks to share. Logically, business technology looks to leverage this tendency to gather information for marketing purposes. As technology advances, an increasing number of objects armed with internet beacons can also send requests for information, some of which may be of a sensitive nature.
Mobile devices are designed to connect and communicate liberally with wireless access points. This translates into a security problem that enterprise and government users need to address to ensure their secrets do not leak through unintended connections.
How Big Is The Risk?
The answer to this question depends on how much you value your privacy. The scope of the risk should not be underestimated. In New York City, for example, a network of ad beacons covering 20 city blocks was recently detected and shut down.
The days where iBeacons only transmitted data are long gone. For instance, the beacons deployed along Broadway and 6th Avenue could determine your current location, the time of day you passed the beacon, and details about your device. These apps may also gather data about the websites you visit, the apps on your phone, and the frequency and duration of app usage.
It doesn’t require a large stretch of the imagination to picture wireless access points with the explicit goal of gathering sensitive information.
Mobile Security Defense
For mobile enterprises the security risk is obvious. Even though stronger policing might partially address these situations, a proactive strategy is really the only option. Useful solutions should offer a high level of data security control achieved by enforcing strong authentication protocols that are tied to location.
One such option is the OptioLabs OptioCore product which was recently awarded a U.S. patent. OptioCore restricts access to network resources via in-location access point protocol. This enables Android OEMs to secure their devices with adaptive policies to ensure high enterprise security and regulatory compliance while maintaining user productivity and satisfaction.
Today’s mobile enterprises and government users face an ever increasing onslaught of potential data leakage. Only by proactively seeking appropriate solutions can organizations effectively protect sensitive data.
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