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It’s no surprise that mobile phone usage has exploded over the past decade. According to a study by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), there are roughly 6.8 billion mobile cellular subscriptions worldwide today. As technology becomes more and more woven into the fabric of society, smartphone usage has become an increasingly common extension for desktop computing devices. Employees are configuring their personal smartphones to access company information and IT Professionals often struggle with how to manage the protection of corporate data.
This dynamic has created new opportunities for cybercrime. Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting smartphone devices using a variety of tactics for malicious intent. These tactics include the repackaging of popular applications with malicious code for download in app stores or marketplaces, malicious URLs designed to deceive users into downloading apps or provide personal information, or leveraging erroneous SMS messages or “smishing” as a means to drive up a smartphone subscriber’s bill.
To help alleviate the growing challenges IT Professionals face in a rapidly evolving BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) environment, Microsoft employs its Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) when developing its products. The SDL is a security-assurance methodology used by Microsoft engineering teams that includes extensive threat modeling, fuzz testing, and other security-focused software development practices, all of which help prevent unauthorized access to phone resources. It administers strict standards and a multilayered, in-depth approach to defense to help protect against malware, data leakage, and other threats.
In designing security defenses in Windows Phone 8, we took a multilayered approach.
The end result of all these efforts is a more secure smartphone that IT professionals can easily integrate into their existing Windows infrastructure. For in-depth information, I encourage you to visit http://www.windowsphone.com/business/ and download the “Windows Phone 8 Security Overview” whitepaper.
Alan MeeusSenior ManagerWindows Phone