At last week’s RSA Conference in San
Francisco, one of the key topics discussed was smartphone security. In this day
in age where the smart phone is as capable and connected as a personal computer,
many vendors predict that smartphones will become the next big target for
malware. Although there have not been many documented mobile malware scares yet
in the US, in many countries the problem has already arisen.
One of the main concerns vendors say is that people put
information on their smartphone that they may not put on their PC since their
phones generally are never out of their immediate control so they feel more
secure. However, it is that same mobility that puts them at risk - smartphones can
be lost easily and they cross through myriad wireless networks on any given day.
Similarly, the caution PC users exhibit when downloading and
installing software on their PCs may not carry over to their smartphones even
though their phones may be just as vulnerable. Fortunately many companies are
taking preventative steps to ensure the security of their products with these
risks in mind. The Windows Phone, for example, has a strict application
development process making certain the security of its users’ information.
According to the PCWorld
coverage of RSA conference, many security software companies have either
released or are planning to release a mobile security app of some sort showing
that over the next few years a large emphasis will be placed on smartphone
security and the development of smartphone security apps. This can be a huge opportunity
for students looking to set themselves apart in searching for employment.
Students with knowledge and skills in smartphone application development and
security will prove to be valuable assets to their future employers. The
ability to protect vital mobile information will become increasingly relevant
as smartphone use and technology continues to grow.
Students interested in learning more about mobile
applications should familiarize themselves with Windows
Mobile MCTS certifications.