Bob Stevens, vice president of federal systems at San Francisco-based mobile security firm Lookout, has said an April 2017 study released by the Department of Homeland Security indicates that threats posed by federal agenciesâ use of smartphones and other mobile devices to government data are present across all areas of the mobile ecosystem.
Stevens wrote that technology leaders in the federal government should be cognizant of a âspectrum of mobile riskâ in order to protect agenciesâ devices from security vulnerabilities and other threats.
He said such a spectrum not only covers malware and other application-based threats but also threats across web and content, network and device vectors.
He called on security professionals to develop âmobile-specific securityâ platforms and introduce changes to governmentâs risk management approach in order to address potential risks associated with the use of mobile devices.
Stevens also urged agencies to evaluate every component of the âmobile risk matrixâ and create a strategy to handle mobile risks based on the organizationâs security environment.
âMobile is part of every agencyâs infrastructure, and mobile devices are endpoints that need to be treated with the same priority as any other potential attack surface,â he noted.