John Ceraolo (fourth from the left) speaking on the Cybersecurity Summit: Best Practices Panel at CTIA 2013.
Last week, I attended CTIA 2013 in Las Vegas. The show illuminated the future of the mobile movement by showcasing the leaders, ideas and experiencing transforming our dynamic industry. This year, there were an increased number of tracks in cybersecurity that focused on a variety of issues. Here are three takeaways from the show from a security perspective.
1. Application security. There were several discussions centered around this important topic. One particularly interesting presentation was by Aaron Turner, founder and president of IntegriCell. His research into the key vulnerabilities of top mobile applications was startlingly similar to those of common web servers.
2. Consumer awareness is lacking. Almost every presentation on security concluded with necessary actions to take with the common thread of educating the mobile consumer. We learned that the tools and materials are out there, but practitioners need to bring these resources closer to the solutions and do so quickly.
3. Opportunities for mobile security vendors. For the massive exhibit hall at CTIA there were surprisingly few security vendors presenting their mobile MDM or BYOD solutions. There is a great opportunity for these vendors to get considerable exposure and tie together the first two observations I mentioned above.
Overall, the need for consumer education to protect applications will remain high with multiple opportunities for solutions vendors. Several key individuals on panels also discussed the impact of legislation on cybersecurity and on the overall mobile space. This is and will continue to be an exciting time for security professionals, with mobile growing more quickly now than ever before.
About The Author:
John Ceraolo is the chief security officer at 3Cinteractive where he directs the organization’s enterprise risk management, business continuity, and information security. Ceraolo has been leading security initiatives within global organizations for over 20 years.