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Security of Cell Phones and PDAs



Shirley M. Radack


This bulletin summarizes the information disseminated in NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-124, Guidelines on Cell Phone and PDA Security: Recommendations of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which was written by Wayne Jansen and Karen Scarfone of NIST, and issued in October 2008. The guide provides updated information to organizations about the issues they should consider in protecting the wireless handheld devices that their workers find indispensible. The bulletin summarizes the information in the guide and covers the capabilities and operations of cell phones and PDAs; the general development trends that have resulted in enhanced features and functionality in handheld devices over the past few years; the security concerns that accompany the widespread use of handheld devices; and NIST s recommendations to organizations and users for planning systems, assessing risks, and applying security safeguards to protect cell phones and PDAs.
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Bluetooth specifications, cell phones, information systems security, handheld devices, information technology, malware, mobile devices, PDAs, personal digital assistants, risk management, security controls, security management, spam.


Radack, S. (2009), Security of Cell Phones and PDAs, ITL Bulletin, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 19, 2024)


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Created January 29, 2009, Updated February 19, 2017