Trading in your cell phone can cause security issues
Everyone wants the newest and coolest gadget available. This is especially true when it comes to your cell phone. If you’re like most people, you use the same cell phone for personal use as you do for work. By doing this, you are likely sending and receiving corporate business on your device. Some of that data may be sensitive information that your company may not want out in the public. It could be something as simple as your phone contacts to something very sensitive like emails (ask Hillary Clinton about this). Using your own device is pretty commonplace and it in itself is not the issue. The issue is when you decide that you want the newest model.
I am sure you have seen the little kiosks everywhere that you put your phone in and then the company sends you a check. They make it very easy to trade in your device and get money to put towards the purchase of your new cell phone. The problem is you do not know what is going to happen to your phone after you drop it in the box, or even trade it in at your carrier. You ASSUME that they will wipe your phone for you, but it has been proven that that is not always the case.
Sensitive corporate information is put as risk every day because the company lacked an appropriate plan to deal with this breach in security. Most companies didn’t even consider the risk or realize its implications. What would our private investigators that perform cell phone forensics find on the device you traded in. Do you know what happened to your phone?
Black Spear Intelligence offers solutions to this security problem. We can do a full risk assessment on your company to determine other security risks that you may not have considered. Call our Threat Mitigation team today to schedule a consult. 888-803-2764 or firstname.lastname@example.org