Uncle Sam Wants To Secure Your Smartphone

By | July 20, 2012

Source: Information Week

by  Mathew J. Schwartz

In this article “How can businesses and government agencies better secure their employees’ mobile devices when they’re used in the workplace?

Look to new proposed guidelines from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to help. Released last week, “Guidelines for Managing and Securing Mobile Devices in the Enterprise” (a.k.a. Special Publication 800-124, revision 1) is an updated version of previously issued NIST guidelines. This revision, issued in draft form, is open for public comments until August 17, 2012.

The revised guidelines, written by NIST senior computer scientistMurugiah Souppaya and Karen Scarfone, principal consultant at Scarfone Cybersecurity in Washington, offer specific recommendations for securing such mobile devices as smartphones and tablets, but not laptops, which are covered by other NIST guidance.”

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