With the military trying to incorporate the use of smartphones on the battlefield, many critics are becoming more worried about potential data breaches or attacks that could occur on the military’s networks. One researcher pointed out that enemies could track the movements of troops or steal sensitive military information. Also, malicious software aimed at smartphones is on the rise, and that could have a bad impact on the military.
Smartphones are already a target and the use of smartphones by the military could make it a BIGGER target. To help with the issue, Symantec Corp. is working on a product called ‘O3,’ to provide security for wireless military networks. Also, the military will have its own online application store.
The use of smartphones in battle may be useful, but is it worth the risk? Even though companies are coming up with security solutions, there is always one person out there that is capable of bypassing all the security. The possibility of the enemy tracking the location of troops makes it very risky. Also, the idea of the military using smartphones brought a funny picture to my head; a soldier Facebooking in the middle of battle. It’s most likely that it will never happen, but you never know.
The military using smartphones? What do you think?