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McAfee Looking Beyond Desktop, Offering Mobile Security Tips

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McAfee Looking Beyond Desktop, Offering Mobile Security Tips - top government contractors - best government contracting eventMcAfee sees a need to “step back” and examine security on a broader spectrum than the current defensive methodology. Security leaders should look at security as beyond just the computer, and McAfee says so in its McAfee Security Journal, “Security Beyond the Desktop.“ 

Vincent Weafer, senior vice president of McAfee Labs, says that security experts need to understand “what the next-generation threats are,” amidst an interconnected technology world that has led to new types of security threats and data and privacy concerns.

As new platforms gain traction and visibility at the attacker level, now is the time to examine these threats and inform organizations and individuals on how they can protect themselves.“

While the company authored report details cyber threat evolution, it also indicates the need for a more inclusive security strategy that takes into account, “the human link,” mobility, cloud based apps and data, as those are areas left vulnerable to attacks.

As the company clearly states there needs to be a less myopic examination of the cyber landscape, it also honed in on the inconsistencies in Americans’ perceptions on safe online practices.

The 2011 National Cyber Security Alliance -McAfee Online Safety Study, released by both the NCSA and McAfee, found that few Americans check social networking privacy settings, about half of Americans don’t back up their data regularly, and 25 percent surveyed said they don’t change their password unless prompted to do so. 

With a more clear understanding of security importance demonstrated, but a lack of understanding on how to do so, McAfee has attempted to shed some overall light in all these dark areas.

Mobile applications are on the rise and something the company has taken into consideration when examining security on the whole. Mobile malware is still low, according to McAfee, but it is an area seeing growth and in need of security.

“We’ve seen approximately 200 malicious apps versus tens of thousands of good apps,” said Weafer. “However, with mobile devices becoming a targeted platform for malware, it’s becoming more common for cybercriminals to attempt to corrupt a legitimate app.”

McAfee suggests that users be aware that mobile malware is a reality, research apps before downloading, purchase from reputable app sources, pay attention to what you permit access to and use antivirus software on your phone and as Weafer puts it, “ the best advice for users is to be careful, protect the mobile device and the mobile apps that reside on the device.”

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