Mobility and Mobile Computing Devices: What you need to know

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Mobility could be the most important trend underway today. The worldwide trend towards enhanced mobile computing and mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) is one of humanities’ greatest leaps in our ability to interact together. Consider it on the same level as humanity’s invention of the spoke word. The only thing that would be better than this always on continuously connected super computer in our pocket would be ESP. This trend is causing irreversible change to all cultures and is important to continuously track to understand the cyber threat to and via mobile devices.

A snapshot of the trend right now indicates:

  • The trend is providing all humanity with a mobile, connected supercomputer.
  • With 100’s of sensors and millions of applications which can fuel and support use cases we have yet to begin to imagine.
  • User location and its history is becoming the ultimate biometric.
  • Enterprises must serve mobile users and mobile employees, and watch for mobile threats.

The threat dynamics around mobility are providing adversaries new pathways to get to enterprise data and new ways to exploit personal information. A malicious application on a phone or tablet can capture login information including credentials used during online banking. Enterprise data stored on a mobile device can be at the mercy of both the device owner and any unauthorized user of the device. Configuration and secure operation of the device is key.

The most important thing to know about this megatrend: Understand that it has just begun. We are no where near the end of this dramatic enhancement of capabilities. Bandwidth is increasing, functionality of devices is increasing, and our ability to use these systems for sensemaking is increasing. This has really just started.

We track the latest on Mobile Computing and all the other major mega trends of technology in the Things Cyber Tech Landscape section.  The megatrends we track there are:

  • Artificial Intelligence: Tracking the future of thinking machines large and small, including the AI enabled systems used by your smartphone.
  • Cloud Computing: Powerful centralized computing delivering new capabilities like software as a service and most of the ecommerce and social media services we all use today.
  • Mobile Computing: Connected super-computers in your hand giving people ESP-like super powers. Our smartphones now ship with dozens of high end sensors and those are only increasing.
  • Big Data Analytics: Making sense of incredible amounts of data, including data generated and used by robotics and the IoT.
  • Robotics: Automating every task that can be, creating, and disrupting jobs. This includes, by the way, disrupting entertainment (see Jimmy Fallon and his robots).
  • Internet of Things: Everything will have a chip and communicate with everything else, and how we optimize this will help ensure the IoT is focused on what we want.
  • Cybersecurity: Evil will aways be lurking. We must all reduce our risks in this connected world. this includes a need for cybersecurity on every

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