During the past few years, many businesses have started taking fresh looks at bolstering their mobile security practices, but, according to a recent DefenseSystems report, the practice has picked up in the defense community as well.
In an interview with the news provider, Northrop Grumman director of identity management and business solutions David Machuga called data security the space race of the modern era.
Machuga identified three challenges pertaining to mobile security. According to Machuga, these challenges include security certification, protecting information transferred over wireless networks and protecting data "at rest."
The report stated that consumer technology, such as mobile devices, tends to pose a significant data security challenge for the U.S. Department of Defense. While common mobile threats, such as malware and lost devices, are prevalent in the defense community, they are potentially compounded by other threats posed by hackers and cyber criminals looking to steal sensitive government information.
According to the news provider, the Department of Defense is looking into several areas, such as hardware options and encryption, to address these threats. Encryption, in particular, has proven to be an effective tool for many organizations, as it allows them to control and monitor access to certain bits of information.
Additionally, the wide variety of mobile platforms poses security challenges as well, the report noted. With PCs, government agencies dealt primarily with Microsoft Windows. However, with mobile devices, agencies must address security on such operating systems as Google's Android, Apple's iOS, Microsoft's Windows Phone and others.
Even as these threats persist, a recent study from TechTarget found that smartphone and tablet users are starting to take mobile security more seriously. While there is still room for growth, a survey of 360 IT professionals revealed that mobile data security is expected to see significant investment growth this year.