Employees’ Droids among biggest government cyber menaces

November 15, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire
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In 2012, agencies should worry about hackers attacking the growing number of federal employees toting their own iPhones and Droids to work, according to a forecast of next year’s greatest cyber dangers compiled by M86 Security Labs.

On Tuesday, the network security firm is expected to release its annual predictions of the top computer threats to business and government organizations. At federal agencies, the biggest targets are likely to beemployee-owned devices, a department’s own public website and cloud services.

“The Android is very much a victim of its own success” because any developer can publish innovative — or malicious — software applications to Google’s Android Market, Bradley Anstis, M86 vice president for technical strategy, said in an interview. Apple is more selective in vetting programs for its App Store. Most government agencies that M86 works with, including NASA, have a bring-your-own-device policy, he said.

“All organizations should be concerned with the increasing number of employees who use their own devices at work and sync organizational data, such as email and files, to these unmanaged devices,” notes the report reviewed by Nextgov.

via NextGov, continued here.