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Via a LinkedIn posting in the Infosecurity magazine forum titled
"Internet Threats Posed By Mobile Devices: How Can We Prevent Them?"
I came to
OUCH OUCH OUCH!
The mobile devices don't pose threats.
The mobile devices represent risks.
Threats are external. They are not under your control.
The article title is clearly confusing THREATS with RISKS.
There are aspects of risks which ARE under your control.
You can control how EXPOSED you are to threats and how they will IMPACT you - or more specifically your assets. In this case the mobile devices.
You can't prevent threats, you can only mitigate their IMPACT.
You can instigate preventive measures.
Mobile devices and the data on them are ASSETS, not threats.
Correct terminology leads to correct thinking.
Eliminating misunderstanding and confusion leads to effective results.
At "10 dumb things users do that can mess up their computers" Debra Littlejohn Shinder brings up some interesting common failings. Lets look at her list, because I have a different take.
#1: Plug into the wall without surge protection
#2: Surf the Internet without a firewall
#3: Neglect to run or update antivirus and anti-spyware programs
#4: Install and uninstall lots of programs, especially betas
#5: Keep disks full and fragmented
#6: Open all attachments
#7: Click on everything
#8: Share and share alike
#9: Pick the wrong passwords
#10: Ignore the need for a backup and recovery plan
Well, they seem interesting, but ...
The big "but" gets back to one of my favourite phrases:
Context Is Everything
Very simply, in my own context most of this is meaningless. It may well be in yours as well.