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Corporate Author United States. Government Accountability Office.

Title Information security [electronic resource] : better implementation of controls for mobile devices should be encouraged : report to congressional committees.

Imprint [Washington, D.C.] : U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, [2012]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Federal Documents Online  GA 1.13:GAO-12-757    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource (iii, 48 p.) : ill. (some col.)
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
System requirements: Adobe Reader.
Note Title from cover screen (viewed on Feb. 9, 2013).
"September 2012."
Summary 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 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 encourage the private sector to implement a broad, industry-defined baseline of mobile security safeguards. GAO also recommends that DHS and NIST take steps to better measure progress in raising national cybersecurity awareness. The FCC, DHS, and NIST generally concurred with GAO's recommendations.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Note "GAO-12-757."
Subject Smartphones -- Security measures -- Government policy -- United States.
Mobile computing -- Security measures -- Government policy -- United States.
Cyberspace -- Security measures.
Portable computers -- Security measures -- United States.
Wireless communication systems -- Security measures -- United States.
Mobile communication systems -- Security measures -- United States.
Cell phones -- Security measures -- United States.
Data protection -- United States.
Added Author Wilshusen, Gregory C.
Barkakati, Nabajyoti, 1956-
Added Title Better implementation of controls for mobile devices should be encouraged
Running Title Mobile device security
Gpo Item No. 0546-D (online)
Sudoc No. GA 1.13:GAO-12-757

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