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Mobile device security quiz answers

Mobile device security and compliance regulations can be as hard to pin down as a strong connection for your smartphone. Test your knowledge of risk areas and compliance rules in this quiz.

1. True or False: Every month, more than 13 million mobile phones are left in taxis in large cities throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Answer: False

At least 10% of an organization's cellphones will typically be lost in an average year.

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 2. 2. This is the unauthorized download of data from a computer to a small device with storage capacity, such as a flash drive, iPhone, iPod or other MP3 player. What is it?

Answer: podslurping

The small size of the devices and the ease of connectivity -- for example through the USB port or a wireless Bluetooth connection -- makes it possible for anyone who can get access to a computer to download files from it quickly and surreptitiously. To protect against podslurping and other network intrusions targeting individual computers, experts recommend that administrators develop and enforce effective endpoint security policies.

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 3. This client/server protocol and software enables communication between remote and central servers for authentication and authorization of dial-in users. What is it?

Answer: Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service (RADIUS)

RADIUS allows a company to maintain user profiles in a central database that all remote servers can share. It provides better security, allowing a company to set up a policy that can be applied at a single administered network point.

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 4. Which wireless protocol is more secure, Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) or Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA)?

Answer: Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA)

WPA is an improvement on WEP. WPA provides more sophisticated data encryption than WEP and also provides user authentication. WEP is still considered useful for the casual home user but insufficient for a corporate environment where the large flow of messages can enable eavesdroppers to discover encryption keys more quickly.

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 5. 5. You can create an isolated wireless network by adding a different SSID to an access point as a simple way to improve security. What does SSID stand for?

Answer: service set identifier

A service set identifier (SSID) is a sequence of characters that uniquely names a wireless local area network (WLAN). An SSID is sometimes referred to as a "network name." This name allows stations to connect to the desired network when multiple independent networks operate in the same physical area.

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 6. Allowing workers to connect to an organization's servers using a wireless network introduces a host of risks. Most security experts recommend the use of a mobile ______, a network configuration in which mobile devices access an intranet securely while moving from one physical location to another. What is it?

Answer: mobile VPN

An effective mobile VPN provides continuous service to users and can seamlessly switch across access technologies and multiple public and private networks. The functioning of an effective mobile VPN is transparent to the end user without compromising security or privacy.

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 7. True or False: If you don't protect the financial data used in commercial transactions on mobile devices, you could be subject to a $10,000 fine.

Answer: True. The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) requires that personally identifiable financial information (PIFI) be secured at all times

When applied to a mobile workforce, this could involve use of encrypted communication to prevent disclosure of data sent over wireless WANs or LANs that lie beyond company control, as well as measures to preserve that data's integrity (e.g., avoiding transaction forgery, modification or replay).

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 8. If a mobile device is lost, mobile compliance regulations may require a company to demonstrate that:
A) The device was encrypted
B) The device never accessed a customer records database
C) Both

Answer: C) Both

According to mobile expert Lisa Phifter, "compliance is not so much about implementing good security as it is about demonstrating that you have established and followed the requisite policies and procedures. To that end, one of the most important aspects of ensuring mobile compliance is ongoing vigilance and record-keeping. "

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 9. A _______ portal can be used to redirect all requests from unknown clients on a wireless network to a special Web page where users must authenticate themselves with valid credentials before they gain access to the Internet. What is it?

Answer: captive

According to mobile expert Lisa Phifer, "devices on isolated networks should not have direct access to corporate resources, especially if authentication is not required. If your policy does allow the use of corporate data on personal devices, users on the guest network should be required to connect to your VPN prior to accessing those resources."

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 10. True or False: When you work for a privately held company, your mobile device policies must comply with Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) regulations.

Answer: False. SOX only applies to publicly-held companies.

According to mobile expert Lisa Phifer, SOX mandates the security of "financial accounting and auditing systems in order to ensure the reliability of financial statements. Section 404 mandates financial reporting internal controls so that transactions are securely authorized, recorded and reported. Section 409 requires prompt reporting and handling of unauthorized financial data disclosure."

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This was last updated in March 2009

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