Stolen Phone Database Won't Minimize Enterprise Data Concerns

By: Absolute Team | 11/28/2012

On October 31, CTIA and participating wireless companies in the US (T-Mobile, AT&T, Spring and Verizon), along with the FCC and law enforcement officials, announced four steps that would be taken to address the systemic issues contributing to device crime. The most notable step to combat crime is the creation of a database designed to prevent GSM smartphones that were reported as stolen from being activated or provided service in the US, even with new SIM cards.

Although this blacklist is a good step in stemming crime, it will not stop it. Devices will continue to be stolen, exported to other markets for resale, sold to electronic recyclers or simply used without cellular service (used via WiFi instead).

From an enterprise perspective, the database won't affect security concerns. Data will still be at risk. Devices will continue to be targeted for opportunistic theft.

As detailed by or own Tim Williams, director of product management at Absolute, in Information Week, "the database has nothing to do with protecting data." Neither consumers nor enterprise users of smartphones should consider the database as a failsafe. Take steps to protect your enterprise data with tools such as Computrace to secure your devices and the data they contain, with features such as data freeze and remote data wipe as well as our unparalleled device recovery services.

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