Feds Provide Solution to Android's Security Problems
Malware designed to infect Google Android smartphones has increased dramatically, and now the government is stepping in. The National Security Agency has developed SE Android, a system that tries to close up its security holes.
I think it is a matter of company philosophy. My take is Google wants to keep everything open and not have the tight control that someone like Apple has. If there are fewer restrictions on development, it thinks the pluses will outweigh the minuses. Fewer restrictions leads to more creative solutions.
Also, its focus is on the consumer market. The fact that companies are very concerned about smartphone security is not as important as making sure that their latest devices create a significant buzz. The end result is security has not been as high a priority with its systems as enterprises would like. I am not sure that its outlook will change as the market continues to evolve.
Perhaps the answer lies in the "BYOD" (Bring Your Own Device) trend, whereby end users -- in government as well as the private sector -- are insisting on using favored smartphones of different brands for work.
I'm looking for some consistent policy here. On the one hand, the government puts trusted identities in cyberspace firmly in the private sector's ball court, and at the same time we have a government agency producing security fixes for a commercial product. Odd one.
Thanks for the video, Paul. I don't quite understand why Google wouldn't make security on Android a top priority, especially considering it wants to make a greater push into the enterprise. Furthermore, considering Android is so insecure, I'm beginning to have a harder time understanding why anyone would bother with it at all. Is it really worth the security risks and hassle?
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The FBI recently issued a warning to smartphone users, highlighting two mobile malware applications: Loozfan, which steals personal information, and FinFisher, which is spyware that takes over a smartphone's functions.
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