Cybersecurity for Electronic Devices

When you think about cybersecurity, remember that electronics such as cell phones and PDAs may also be vulnerable to attack. Take appropriate precautions to limit your risk.


Why does cybersecurity extend beyond computers?


Actually, the issue is not that cybersecurity extends beyond computers; it is that computers extend beyond traditional laptops and desktops. Many electronic devices are computers—from cell phones and PDAs to video games and car navigation systems. While computers provide increased features and functionality, they also introduce new risks. Attackers may be able to take advantage of these technological advancements to target devices previously considered “safe.” For example, an attacker may be able to infect your cell phone with a virus, steal your phone or wireless service, or access the records on your PDA. Not only do these activities have implications for your personal information, but they could also have serious consequences if you store corporate information on the device.


What types of electronics are vulnerable?
Any piece of electronic equipment that uses some kind of computerized component is vulnerable to software imperfections and vulnerabilities. The risks increase if the device is connected to the internet or a network that an attacker may be able to access. Remember that a wireless connection also introduces these risks (see Securing Wireless Networks for more information). The outside connection provides a way for an attacker to send information to or extract information from your device.


Find out how can you protect yourself in http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/tips/ST05-017.html

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