Ringing Alarms About Smartphone Vulnerabilities

Ringing Alarms About Smartphone Vulnerabilities

When there are as many as 20 billion mobile devices in the world, what do we do about the bad guys? Winn has some ideas, which he shared at the Air Force Association’s CyberFutures symposium.

There are more than 500,000 software applications available from name brand “app stores” but most are not properly vetted, he said, noting that more than 20 percent are infected with malware. In addition, operating systems on mobile devices can’t be secured in the same way that desktop computers can. If someone were to install firewalls and anti-virus programs on their smartphones, the devices would become unusable, Schwartau said. This is an issue that the Defense Department should consider as it prepares to expand the use of smartphones across the military services, he said.