A recent UK survey of companies and institutions revealed that 79% of employees conduct confidential conversations by cell phone, and 51% do so on a daily basis. However, only 18% had security software in place.
Even businesses that carefully encrypt emails and build secure server architectures may be unaware of the issue. Most people are used to making calls from standard, wired telephone, where security is not that big an issue (unless the police or the FBI are wiretapping you). But cell phone signals can be picked up far more easily.
Yes , the phone service companies provide some encryption with their services. But it highly vulnerable. In fact, this summer, German hackers announced they had managed to crack the encryption of mobile calls using GSM, a standard that makes up 80% of the world’s cell phone calls. Furthermore, their code logic will be released to hackers in the near future.
What this means for your business is that such critical details as sales discounts, planned bids and sales leads, subjects often discussed via cell phone, might fall into your rivals or your potential customers.
You may want to take a look at the growing number of hardware and software products that are being developed to give users a higher, harder-to-break level of encryption. These include companies like:
Snapcom — http://www.snapshiel...p?cat=101&id=37 SecurStar –http://www.securstar..._phonecrypt.php
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