To My Attorney Friends .... MDM Is Not New!
You guys know I spend my days in multiple spaces, cyber security, privacy, legal tech, IT, criminal, civil, forensics, you name it, if it touches on the law and/or cyber security I am engaged. What I have noticed though is when I am looking at legal articles on cyber security issues the tone comes across as if this is all new. Such is the case with the attached article.
The U.S. Senate has introduced a bill called the “Senate Cybersecurity Protection Act, which aims to authorize and fund the sergeant at arms to offer services to prevent, detect and recover from cyberattacks on a senator’s or staff member’s personal devices and accounts.” Sounds good, we all have witnessed the blow back when government employees use private servers or personal email to conduct government business. Even though government employees take an oath, it is the appearance of impropriety that's the problem. That statement is strictly from my FBI days! Whatever anyone does on any device, especially in the government, can be accessed. But I digress.
Anyway, it was this portion that intrigued me….
“Some however, believe that the Senate Cybersecurity Protection Act is notably ahead of the curve compared to anything in the private sector. ‘In a way I think the Senate is ahead of the game or understands they need this authority over the staffers. I do believe more companies should be attuned to these issues,’ companies should not only protect against possible cyberattacks but leverage mobile device management software as an alternative to not just costly litigation but as a faster approach to secure its data.” (emphasis added)
The Senate is ahead of the private industry on tackling their BYOD problem by implementing policies, procedures and control over personal devices that will prevent unauthorized disclosure of sensitive data. Hum? So, what most cyber security professionals have been dealing with for the past 10 years or so is discounted and the Senate is now ahead of the curve? I think it is time to call my Senator and let him know that, we sort of solved the BYOD email issue.