Gartner Research

The Smartphone Backdoor Debate Puts Your Company's Confidentiality Rights at Risk

Published: 26 April 2016

ID: G00303501

Analyst(s): Brian Blau, Avivah Litan , John Girard

Summary

The FBI's recent push to compel Apple to unlock an iOS device with a backdoor spotlights the battle between the rights of organizations to protect their data versus the need for government-sponsored criminal forensics. CISOs must ensure that enterprises can defend access to their devices.

Table Of Contents
  • Impact

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Backdoors can appear in mobile products and services, and CISOs must defend against attacks that could compromise confidential information
    • Review Historical Backdoor Risks and Security Best Practices
    • Estimate and Minimize Data Exposure
    • Minimize IT Supply Chain Backdoor Vulnerabilities
    • Prepare Your Company to Avoid Backdoor Liabilities
    • Build a "Front Door" Methodology to Comply With Investigations

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