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Smartphone Security: A Modern Day Pandora's Box

Published: 02 December 2009

ID: G00203897

Analyst(s): Paul DeBeasi


Smartphones have opened a modern-day Pandora's box. Increasingly, employees want to use their personally owned smartphone. Yet most enterprises are not prepared to secure the sensitive information that employees will inevitably store on these devices. In this quick start document, Senior Analyst Paul DeBeasi describes smartphone security risks.

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Business Context

Brief Introduction

Position Statement

  • Device Loss and Theft
  • Employee Devices
  • Consumer Design
  • Inadequate Tools
  • IT Externalization
  • Poor Governance
  • Eavesdropping
  • Storage Capacity
  • Faster Wireless

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