It is no secret that technology changes much faster than most of us can keep up. Unfortunately, those with malicious intentions seem to be able to keep up with the pace of new technology better than anyone. The ingenuity of hackers means that for every advancement and breakthrough, there must also be a team behind the scenes ensuring that the new development does not open up new security issues.
As we look forward to the rest of 2017, we must consider what types of mobile data security issues are going to arise from new technologies, as well as where security development is likely to focus.
Cloud Security is the Focus of All Security
The use of cloud software among enterprises has grown significantly in recent years. In 2014, only 15% of organizations were using or emphasizing cloud computing, but that number grew to a whopping 59% in 2016 and shows no signs of slowing. Because of the widespread adoption of cloud software, most security innovation is focused on this area and will continue to put a great deal of attention here over the next year (and more).
Identifying a Route to Security Consistency
Mobile data security cannot stand on its own because in most cases we use our mobile devices in conjunction with many applications as well as desktop computers, tablets, and even internet connected devices like televisions and personal assistants. In 2017, expect to see security development in the area of consistency. Just because one application offers high-level security to protect your bank account does not mean that the app that sits right next to it doesn’t pose a threat with its security protocol.
Finding a Way to Fill the Gaps
Mobile data security has always faced a hurdle separate from other data security issues because mobile devices are, well, mobile. It is easy enough to lock up an office after hours, but when smartphone that has a direct connection to all your company data walks out the door in every pocket you employ, you have a security issue. Look for data security features that aim to fill this critical gap in security. A smartphone can easily become lost or be stolen, much more easily than a desktop computer -- organizations must figure out how to ensure data is protected even in these instances.
Balancing Privacy with Flexibility
At one time, your company may have reasonably expected employees to refrain from conducting any personal business while they were at work, but the lines between personal and work have gotten blurred. Today, most employees would balk if you instituted a policy that said they could not use their smartphone on the company wireless to check personal email, or to log in to their private bank account. This development means that mobile data security must find a way in 2017 to be stringent enough to protect company assets while still offer flexibility that gives employees privacy in their personal matters.
AI for Security
We are already seeing that artificial intelligence is much more than a buzzword. Assistants like the Amazon Echo and Google Home are utilizing AI capabilities to perform tasks from the mundane (tell me the weather) to the complex (order me a car). But these AI devices, which integrate with existing mobile technology, are also already causing problems security wise, recording conversations and potentially posing a threat to security. 2017 is likely to see a crackdown on these types of devices in the name of security.
While we can never be sure exactly what the year will bring, it is important to investigate these trends and be prepared as best we can for any looming mobile security threats.