Although it sounds like a punk-rock band, as you probably know by now, Heartbleed isn’t something you can turn off by hitting skip on Pandora. In short, Heartbleed is a security bug in the open-source OpenSSL. Want more? Read this. Don’t want to read? Watch this.
As an industry, we often talk about mobile security and this is one of the most impactful bugs yet discovered for our beloved mobile devices. If you’re on IOS, you should be fine but if you’re one of the smartphones and tablets running Google’s Android 4.1.1 operating system, you have the Heartbleed software bug.
This Heartbleed software bug extends beyond the internet and into consumer devices. This is a little different than those past security warnings since according to Google statistics, 34% of Android devices use variations of the 4.1 software.
These bugs are now free to roam the world. Those dreams you’ve had about mobile malware? They may come true.
What makes this more significant is the growth of the Internet of Things. With this complex web of connected devices, the quantity and type of information that resides on your mobile device is more than user names and passwords. Now the information can include what time you’re getting home for dinner (your oven will start to preheat 20 minutes before that), where your family members are, remotely open your garage door, and other personal information.
But it’s not also just in your mobile devices and laptops; it’s also been discovered in Cisco and Juniper products. These are the products connecting your enterprise so between the Internet of Things and the products in the enterprise, technology everywhere can be impacted by bugs.
This can be scary, but that’s not the purpose of this blog. We’ve been warned about mobile security before but mobile isn’t just our cell phones anymore. Being aware of your wireless environment, both at home and at the office is important not only for those devices you know and believe are operating under the right policies, but those that are unknown to you.
As the paradigm shifts to your mobile world, make sure you’re shifting safely with it.