Academic Team Identify Key Risks in Mobile Device Security at KPMG Seminar


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Prof Bill Buchanan and Adrian Smales presented at a KPMG seminar in Edinburgh on mobile device security, and outlined the key risks involved (30 January 2014). The presentation is here.

In the presentation they identified ten key risks in mobile device security, and then polled the audience for their thoughts on the highest rated risks. Overall the results show that "one password fits all", "unpatched systems", and problems around "digital certificates/https" were three of the greatest threats.

Also, in terms of the companies who are provide identity services on the Internet, it was Facebook who were the least trusted (by a long way), and Microsoft and Apple that were the most trusted. This is a similar finding to other polls conducted at recent dissemination events.

Overall trust is becoming a key factor on the Internet, and it is often this trust that users use when consuming services on the Internet. A lack of trust can turn users away from using certain organisations on the Internet.

Bill and Adrian outlined a few live demonstrations, including showing the location history on an iPhone 5, and in reading meta data from photographs. See photo.

The event, with other speakers from Standard Life and KPMG, was well subscribed, so much so that it was moved to the Crown Plaza Hotel in Charlotte Square ... which is one of Edinburgh's grandest location.

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Associated people

William Buchanan
Director of CDCS
+44 131 455 2759
Adrian Smales
Research Fellow
+44 131 455
Electronic information now plays a vital role in almost every aspect of our daily lives. So the need for a secure and trustworthy online infrastructure is more important than ever. without it, not only the growth of the internet but our personal interactions and the economy itself could be at risk.