cybersecurity-world“As the White House moves to confront China over its theft of U.S. technology through hacking, policy makers are faced with the question of how much damage has already been done. During their multiyear assault on defense contractors, the spies stole several terabytes — equal to hundreds of millions of pages –of documents and data on weapons programs, dwarfing in sheer quantity any theft of Cold War secrets. The QinetiQ hack may have compromised information vital to national security, such as the deployment and capabilities of the combat helicopter fleet.”

In this article put out by Bloomberg, known details on the multi-year espionage operation are released where QinetiQ is a focus. Richard Clarke, an advisor to AirPatrol Corporation and a specialist in cybersecurity, said, “God forbid we get into a conflict with China but if we did we could face a major embarrassment, where we try out all these sophisticated weapons systems and they don’t work.”

Cybersecurity is one of the leading concerns today in both agencies and enterprises around the world. Just like we have internet security on our laptops, we need to take security measures with our mobile devices that are jumping onto corporate networks with dozens of unsecure applications.

To address this, Gartner came out with a new BYOD report this week. Some highlights from the report include:

  • By 2017, half of firms will go to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) as a mobile policy.
  • Security is the top BYOD concern.
  • In 2016, 38% of companies expect to stop providing devices to workers.
  • It’s recommended that enterprises only subsidize the service plan on a smartphone, instead of the device itself.
  • Companies in the US are twice as likely to allow BYOD as those in Europe.

However, the good news is that IT is catching up with the BYOD phenomenon with higher confidence in security through mobile security solutions such as MDM, MAM, and wireless situational awareness. We’ve come a long way but we have much further to go in order to secure our homeland sufficiently.