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Anti-Malware Doesn’t Cut It in the Mobile Era
InformationWeek – Wallstreet and Technology – June 19th, 2014 – Mike Raggoo
As operating system architectures shift from open file systems to application sandboxes, traditional anti-virus becomes less relevant. Enterprise mobility management provides both proactive countermeasures and reactive mitigation.
It’s no secret that retailers are under attack. Not from masked robbers, but from anonymous criminals that work online. What is less widely known is that anti-malware — the virtual guardian of the PC era — won’t protect organizations in an increasingly mobile world. And the pace of change in mobile is so great that certain security standards can quickly become obsolete.
To address the rapidly changing challenges in mobile security, I have had the privilege of working with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council as part of its PCI Mobile Task Force. We are focused on the emerging mobile point-of-sale (POS) technologies and the evolving mobile threat landscape. As more retailers deploy mobile devices for mobile POS, mobile presents the opportunity for more automated security countermeasures for protecting retailers from attack. Therefore the PCI Mobile Task Force continues to update the PCI guidelines to take advantage of these unique security features.