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Mobile-App Addiction: Threat to Security?
Nov.-Dec. 2011 (vol. 13 no. 6)
pp. 9-11
George Hurlburt, Change-Index
Jeffrey Voas, US National Institute of Standards and Technology
Keith W. Miller, University of Illinois at Springfield

Giving individuals this kind of information processing power, along with unprecedented connectivity, might be the single most impressive technical achievement of the 21st century. Nobody knows what the full impact of this transformation will be, but it's clear that our embrace of, and reliance on, cheap and easily accessible information presents unprecedented security implications—the enormity of which we have yet to grasp.

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2. W. Ashford, "Mobility Among the Top IT Security Threats in 2011, Says UK Think Tank,"7 Jan. 2011; www.computerweekly.com/Articles/2011/01/07/244797/Mobility-among-the-top-IT-security-threats-in-2011-says-UK-think.htm.

Index Terms:
Keywords: Mobile apps, security, commodity computing, information technology
Citation:
George Hurlburt, Jeffrey Voas, Keith W. Miller, "Mobile-App Addiction: Threat to Security?," IT Professional, vol. 13, no. 6, pp. 9-11, Nov.-Dec. 2011, doi:10.1109/MITP.2011.104
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