Sunday, January 6, 2013

What is Rooting/Jailbreaking a device (BYOD) and how does it affect Enterprise Security?

Rooting is a process where users of smartphones, tablets and other devices which are running the Android mobile operating system (OS) execute to attain what is called the root or admin or the privileged access within the android’s subsystem. Those who are used to Linux or any other UNIX-like operating system, this is like getting the root access.

Jailbreaking is the same process as rooting but executed on Apple devices such as iPhone, iPad, iPod etc. running the iOS operating system.

Why is it done?

What are the issues because of this?

What does US law say about it?
.........officially legal to root/jailbreak a device and run unauthorized third-party applications, as well as the ability to unlock any cell phone for use on multiple carriers.

What does Analysts say about it?
Gartner says ....“Quiet, unassuming smartphone users may actually be dangerous hackers, putting their companies' security in jeopardy without even knowing it.”
............that is all it takes for an attacker to use such a device as a pivot point, often a rouge mobile app, to bounce through firewalls and other defenses right onto the enterprise network.

Read more here……..

Manjunath M Gowda
Agentless BYOD Control”, @i7networks

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