IT Security engineers have already proven that cars can be maneuvered byhackers who gain control of the vehicle via the Internet. Some new car models are wired with an Internet connection and even allow installation of mobile apps on the dashboard, raising the question of how secure these apps are from tampering, and whether they increase the opportunity for an attacker to gain control of the vehicle.

With increased connectivity of not just vehicles, but their critical components, it is a short leap to imagine potential dangerous situations, such as attackers remotely controlling the brakes and steering on a car.

Leading edge car companies are taking precautions by bringing the most advanced technology to their next generation of connected vehicles. These precautions include a commitment to high grade security including firewalls, embedded security chips and of course, a commitment to mobile application security for any technology that connects to the internet and enables the owner to interact with the vehicle.

This week also saw the release of a Gartner paper on mobile security breaches. According to Gartner, “75 percent of mobile security breaches will be the result of mobile application misconfiguration.” That figure is especially serious in light of the firm’s prediction that nearly 2.2 billion smartphones and tablets will be sold to end users in 2014.

Enterprises are realizing that they must ensure a safe and secure mobile workforce. A critical part of solving that equation is to make sure they have deep visibility into the risky behaviors of the mobile apps on their employees’ devices, and are able to create and manage mobile app policiesto secure enterprise and employee data.

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