Sunday, July 31, 2016

Businesses warned about Pokémon Go security risk

Businesses warned about Pokemon Go security risk

I remember reading about Pokémon In Mt. Lebanon on and remember how
many PokéStops and gyms are located right here in Mt. Lebanon. I admit I downloaded the app and have the key fob designs (of course!) so that I can converse with my son and grands about the game. But how many of these businesses, Municipality, or School District are at risk? 
The International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers (IAITAM) is warning businesses such a risk could occur if employees download the insanely popular Pokemon Go app on company-owned devices.
The association has recommended corporations prohibit the installation and use of Pokemon Go on any devices used for business purposes. The group says that includes "bring your own device" (BYOD) phones/tablets with direct access to sensitive corporate information and accounts.
As long as the app was not downloaded on cell phones that are networked with Mt. Lebanon Municipality or School District, we're fine. Which brings us back to the monthly expenditure list. 

Looking at the June 2016 ExpendituresMt. Lebanon Commissioners approved cell phone charges totaling $1703.99. Pokémon Go was released on July 6, 2016. Let's hope those municipal staffers have unlimited data plans. If not, that is another reason why taxpayer funded cell phones should not have the Pokémon Go app. Then there is the issue of playing during company time, but I'm sure that is not the case. We do know that a certain dedicated Mt. Lebanon employee answers email on her iPhone. At 6 AM. On vacation. Have a nice day.

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