Mobile Data Device Security Risks

Mobile Devices are especially vulnerable to loss and theft.

The loss of the data on these devices could cause embarrassment, loss of reputation or significant financial impact to the University.

In the University environment, such sensitive information may comprise:

  1. private information as defined by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA);
  2. student or staff personal details;
  3. any information that the user would wish to remain private;
  4. intellectual property, e.g. research notes, data and commercially sensitive information;
  5. medical data, including classified and proprietary product development information;
  6. sensitive financial data.

To counter these risks, Mobile Data Device security is addressed in five ways:

  1. user responsibility - through increased user awareness of the risks and application of a mobile device security standard;
  2. physical security - both at the user's "base" and when traveling;
  3. access control/ authentication;
  4. data protection - using software and hardware based solutions;
  5. tracking/ recovery - particularly for devices at high risk or containing very sensitive data.

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