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Thursday, October 29 • 2:20pm - 3:05pm
BYOD Security

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Most organizations are adopting mobile technology to increase productivity in the workplace. Some are going a step further by rolling out Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs as a cost-savings measure; however, the risks introduced by such programs are serious and can be costly if programs are not implemented correctly. Mobile devices increase an organization’s attack surface. While many security risks exist, three areas stand out as critical to any mobile device program including BYOD.

The most obvious concern is the physical environment. These devices by nature promote mobility and are almost always taken offsite from controlled buildings. Their small form factor makes them not only easy to lose, but more prone to theft.

Threat actors such as cyber criminals are aware of the growing mobile device market segment and have invested considerable effort into developing more sophisticated malware specifically targeted at mobile device manufacturers such as Android and Apple. The risk from malware includes data destructions and the unauthorized disclosure of sensitive information.

Finally, the threat from insiders who act out of ignorance or through malicious intent can leverage mobile devices in a more effective manner to exfiltration information or insert harmful software. BYOD increases the risk through the use of personal software, which may be used in an unauthorized manner. These risks, while not entirely preventable, can be mitigated through security controls. Mobile device management (MDM) systems, training and security policies can offset the risks inherent to mobile device programs.

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Thomas Gresham

Technology Security Supervisor, Unified Port of San Diego
Tom Gresham joined the Port of San Diego in January of 2015 as the Technology Security Supervisor. Prior to that, he served 7 years as an IT Security Professional for the U.S. Department of State. His last assignment was a 2-year overseas tour as the Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO) for the Brussels Embassy in Belgium, U.S. Mission to the European Union and the U.S. Mission to NATO. In 2014, his performance overseas was recognized with... Read More →

Thursday October 29, 2015 2:20pm - 3:05pm
San Diego Room

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