This report, produced by the Telework Exchange, reveals that more than half of smartphone users in the Federal government use their personal smartphone for job-related tasks. Out of this group, one in three workers does not have password protection. While mobile devices create a great opportunity for productivity gains, agencies must address current behaviors to ensure government data is not in danger.
According to this report, the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Agriculture, the Interior, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, and Defense make the grade for the Mobile Security Honor Roll. Respondents from these agencies are ranked high in password protection, multi-factor authentication, secure remote connection, remote data deletion, global positioning system tracker, and biometrics. However, while many agencies provide basic mobile support training, the study shows there is still progress to be made in creating secure and governable BYOD (Bring your Own Device) policies.
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