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Journal of Information Systems Security
Volume 10, Number 3 (201)
Pages 4753
ISSN 1551-0123 (Print)
ISSN 1551-0808 (Online)
Navika Mahal — Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Information Institute Publishing, Washington DC, USA




Throughout this paper we explore how our cell phones make us susceptible to various breaches, as well as to security attacks, and the ways in which we can secure ourselves from potential attacks. Moreover, we discuss the Internet of Things (IoT), explaining how it is ubiquitous in society today, and why it is going to become an ever-pertinent issue in the future. The IoT is present in our everyday lives through technological infrastructure, and it runs our daily lives through our cell phones. Because of this, we need to create ways to ensure that these devices are secure from attack. Furthermore, numerous vulnerabilities are associated with the Internet of Things. One of these vulnerabilities is that “hackers and malicious users can access the IoT to launch vicious service attacks” (Fitton, 2010). We face this threat in our day-to-day lives when we use insecure software. However, we continue to use such software because it aids us to maximize utility. Software can only be tested for security to a certain extent, and after that we (as computer scientists?) are not able to do anymore to ensure that software is capable of being secure to breaches. We have provided three potential solutions to our problem in this paper: 1) Strict enforcement of the need-to-know law; 2) Better training of individuals on how to secure their personal information and cell phones; and 3) Providing a standard of behavior for technology and mobile technology.




Cell Phones, The Internet of Things, Technological Infrastructures, Vulnerability, Software




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