Information Security: Better Implementation of Controls for Mobile Devices Should be Encouraged, Report to Congressional Committees   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Highlights: "Millions of Americans currently use mobile devices--e.g., cellphones, smartphones, and tablet computers--on a daily basis to communicate, obtain Internet-based information, and share their own information, photographs, and videos. Given the extent of consumer reliance on mobile interactions, it is increasingly important that these devices be secured from expanding threats to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the information they maintain and share. Accordingly, GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to determine (1) what common security threats and vulnerabilities affect mobile devices, (2) what security features and practices have been identified to mitigate the risks associated with these vulnerabilities, and (3) the extent to which government and private entities have been addressing the security vulnerabilities of mobile devices. To do so, GAO analyzed publically available mobile security reports, surveys related to consumer cybersecurity practices, as well as statutes, regulations, and agency policies; GAO also interviewed representatives from federal agencies and private companies with responsibilities in telecommunications and cybersecurity. […] GAO recommends that FCC [Federal Communications Commission] encourage the private sector to implement a broad, industry-defined baseline of mobile security safeguards. GAO also recommends that DHS and NIST [National Institute of Standards and Technology] take steps to better measure progress in raising national cybersecurity awareness. The FCC, DHS, and NIST generally concurred with GAO's recommendations."

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