Free business technology workshop shows how to protect smartphones
Small businesses in South Wales will have the opportunity to find out how best to protect their mobile technology next week at an event organised by Software Alliance Wales, which is led by Swansea University.
The free business workshop called 'How secure is your smartphone?’ will take place at the University of Glamorgan, Treforest Campus from 5.30pm on Tuesday, December 6.
According to mobile research agency Mobile Squared, there will be 32.44 million smartphones in the UK by the end of 2011, some 50% penetration. While initially there was a distinction between the business and consumer markets, lines have now blurred with Blackberry becoming increasingly popular with teenagers, and iPhones being used in the workplace, alongside Android devices and Windows Phones. This popularity of such devices has led to a reliance and, with that, a vulnerability.
The workshop’s guest speaker, Errol Finklestein of Black Belt Security, said: “With the huge growth in smartphone adoption and usage, the attention of criminals – both traditional and cyber – has been drawn to this area. Cyber criminals now have the ability to create rogue apps which when downloaded could strip these phones of its data without users’ knowledge.”
During the workshop, Mr Finklestein will highlight some of the risks to smartphones, as well as addressing the actions that can be taken by businesses and individuals to limit damage.
Dr Neal Harman, Director of Software Alliance Wales, added: “Smartphones are everywhere, and users have grown increasingly reliant on them for their many applications. This event offers delegates the opportunity to identify and mitigate the risks, safeguarding their mobile technology and ultimately their businesses.”
The Software Alliance Wales programme, which is led by Swansea University in collaboration with the University of Glamorgan, Bangor University, Aberystwyth University and University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, comprises four specific strands identified to support businesses in Wales.
This event is offered as part of the Business ICT Workshops strand, and is made available through the programme to businesses in the Convergence areas of Wales.
The “How secure is your smartphone?” business workshop will take place at the University of Glamorgan, Treforest Campus from 5.30pm on Tuesday, December 6, with registration at 5pm.
The item has been posted on behalf of Software Alliance Wales by Delyth Purchase, Public Relations Office, tel: 01792 295050 or email email@example.com