paper-airplaneWe know that the weakest links in security are people, the individuals that use programs, devices, etc. on a daily basis to do anything and everything. Even the savvy fall to malware, hackers, or a poorly timed mouse click.

So we protect against ourselves. We have virus protection at home, advanced firewalls and security procedures and _________ on our mobile devices and our laptops when we jump onto unknown networks.

30% of travelers forget to turn off their mobile device when they board a plane. They don’t do it on purpose, they merely forget about it. That’s understandable – it’s not much different than wearing the very reading glasses that are being searched for.

Recently, the FCC stated they’re going to increase the speed of wifi on airplanes through the use of available airwaves. This means even more customers will be jumping onto a strange network and without thinking of security issues because it’s the only way to get a connection.

This requires enhanced mobile device management (MDM) by enterprises based on location. For example, while the employee’s iPhone is connecting to an unknown network, do not allow access to secure company folders but email is permissible. If flying internationally, do not allow any connections once outside of the United States. There are millions of possible policies.

By the way, did you know in-flight service is now usually limited to about 3 megabits per second, per plane — barely half the speed of the average household DSL connection? This was astounding to me.