NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., June 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- GARTNER Security & Risk Management Summit -- Veracode, Inc., the leader in cloud-based application security testing, today, released its new eBook "Why Should I Care? Mobile Security for the Rest of Us," at the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit. The eBook outlines the ten steps that can be taken by individuals and organizations to protect against potential security risks brought on by the bring your own device (BYOD) to work trend.
"It's no secret that mobile devices in the work place are changing the way people and organizations address security," said Chris Wysopal, Co-Founder, CTO and Chief Information Security Officer for Veracode. "The challenge however goes beyond protecting the physical device, as the mobile apps that are downloaded by individuals every day are what really need to be secure. Employers and employees alike have a responsibility to help ensure that security and avoid potential problems."
Veracode's "Why Should I Care? Mobile Security for the Rest of Us" covers the simple changes in behavior that can be made to enhance security on mobile devices through the shared experiences of its two main characters Joe IT and Joe Worker. Through their common scenarios they provide guidance on areas such as the use of password and wireless protection, limiting control over access and permissions, regularly updating OS and Firmware, regularly backing up data, as well as avoiding lesser known free apps.
Industry estimates put the number of applications downloaded from the Apple iTunes store and Android Marketplace at 40 billion and the average smartphone user spends more time in mobile apps than they do browsing the web. In addition to their new eBook, Veracode provides a free iPhone app scanning tool called Addressbook Detector for iOS (aka AdiOS) that can examine all the apps on the device and let users know if they are unnecessarily accessing their address book. This is of particular concern when devices are used for business purposes, as the contacts being accessed may be proprietary in nature.
To coincide with the launch of "Why Should I Care? Mobile Security for the Rest of Us," Veracode is offering to facilitate a free 90 minute mobile security seminar for companies that want to offer their employees a clear understanding of today's mobile computing threats and tips on taking action to protect organizations. For more information visit: http://info.veracode.com/mobile-security-ebook-coupon.html.
More information on how to improve the security of mobile applications is available on the Veracode website: http://www.veracode.com/security/mobile-code-security
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Veracode is the only independent provider of cloud-based application intelligence and security verification services. The Veracode platform provides the fastest, most comprehensive solution to improve the security of internally developed, purchased or outsourced software applications and third-party components. By combining patented static, dynamic and manual testing, extensive eLearning capabilities, and advanced application analytics, Veracode enables scalable, policy-driven application risk management programs that help identify and eradicate numerous vulnerabilities by leveraging best-in-class technologies from vulnerability scanning to penetration testing and static code analysis. Veracode delivers unbiased proof of application security to stakeholders across the software supply chain while supporting independent audit and compliance requirements for all applications no matter how they are deployed, via the web, mobile or in the cloud. Veracode works with customers in more than 80 countries worldwide representing Global 2000 brands. For more information, visit www.veracode.com, follow on Twitter: @Veracode or read the Veracode Blog.