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Apple vs. US Government: What are the Implications for Security on our Smartphones?

Apple vs. U.S. Government still sounds like an odd choice of words, or perhaps something out of The Onion just a year ago. Now it’s very real after a strange turn of events over the last few months. Ever since the FBI demanded Apple hack the iPhones belonging to terrorists in last year’s San Bernardino, California shootings, the argument over security vs. privacy has grown ever louder.

Even though the FBI managed to hack the iPhones on their own (under mysterious circumstances), the battle between Apple and the government is far from over. Now Apple wants to know who the FBI used to hack the iPhone since the former said it’s impossible without the tech giant’s direct involvement.

This might insinuate a former Apple employee perhaps taking payment from the FBI to do the hacking. If so, it only complicates legal matters. Conversely, if it was just a random hacker the FBI hired, it brings more concerns about how many steps ahead they are from even the biggest tech company in the world.

The Reaction to Lack of Security on Our Mobile Devices

As a direct result of the recent Apple vs. FBI fight, many tech companies are now stepping up their efforts to make security tighter on devices and software. Facebook, Google, and WhatsApp have plans in place now to increase encryption on private information. Even SnapChat and Twitter are taking encryption technology more seriously.

While it may seem strange that it takes a major event with Apple to change things, getting better encryption in place has lagged for too long. It’s fallen a bit behind while hackers seem to constantly be ahead of our own government in hacking virtually anything.

That’s only made it more concerning for companies, including likely your own. With statistics showingno business is too small now to get hacked, terms like ransomware are all too common in the technology lexicon.

It’s easy to become complacent to cyber dangers, yet is there still a way to get ahead of hackers to increase safety? Despite Apple’s concerns, it’s still stunning so many companies ignore taking on simple IT management that can prevent most of these disasters.

Can You Still Overcome Having Your Security Compromised?

The Apple vs. U.S. Government case may drag on for years in finding some resolutions. Yet, it seems a true catalyst for waking people up to the mass tech security realities facing us. But some might feel resigned to the fact that we can’t have complete security on our iPhones or any other device.

With proper IT management in place, you can get consultants who understand the real world and provide the best security technology available. So much more can get put in place beyond encryption to help you work safer.

Something as simple as 24/7 monitoring through IT management solutions does wonders in catching problems in the act. Proper IT guidance always implements preventative measures so many problems don’t occur in the first place.

Disaster recovery solutions like backup systems get more attention as well so you’re prepared to take action if you encounter an unexpected situation. Since many IT management teams work as consultants, you know they have vast experience working with other companies. They’ll know exactly what kind of physical technology you’ll need rather than acquiring something unnecessary.

Learning From Apple

Outside of Apple perhaps having a major dilemma on their hands that affects us all, it’s amazing simple IT planning can do so much to keep us safer. Reports keep saying far too companies still don’t have good cybersecurity infrastructure in place, and you have to wonder if the Apple situation will finally turn this tide.

Let us be your source for getting your company’s IT security under control here at BWS Technologies.

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  • 04/08/2016
  • IT