Mobile cyber-sec solutions only good for two years: Gartner

Smart device malware proliferation demands frequent change in threat assessment, says analyst

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Mobile cyber-sec solutions only good for two years: Gartner Mobile security is causing escalating concern among regional organisations, as the Gulf is home to some of the world’s largest smart device penetration rates.
By  Stephen McBride Published  September 16, 2014

If you put a mobile security solution in place you need to be ready for a rip-and-replace within two years, a Gartner Inc cyber-sec analyst told enterprise ICT security stakeholders in Dubai today.

Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit 2014, held for two days this week in Raffles Hotel, Dubai, covered a number of areas specific to enterprise-level ICT security strategies.

Mobile security is causing escalating concern among regional organisations, as the Gulf is home to some of the world's largest smart device penetration rates. Ballooning smartphone and tablet ownership is exposing private technology infrastructures to wild and vulnerable ecosystems that cannot be policed.

"The advice I give to all clients is to be really, really tactical about what you do for mobile security," said Gartner analyst Dionisio Zumerle in his "Mobile Security Threats and Trends in 2014" seminar. "If you are putting a solution in place today, it has to be [only] for the next 18 to 24 months, meaning in 24 months you have to be ready to dismantle it."

Zumerle singled out two of his "favourite" attacks for specific mention. FROST stands for "forensic recovery of scrambled telephones" and involves putting a handset in the freezer so its volatile memory stays fresh for longer, facilitating brute force attacks. The second "attack" was displayed in video footage for delegates. It showed a physical robot looming over a captured smartphone, continually punching in random passwords.

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