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Pokemon Go: What security awareness programs should be doing now

Ira Winkler | July 15, 2016
People of all ages are playing Pokemon Go but what if it represents a tremendous security threat?

It is a unfortunately extremely likely that some of your employees will eventually compromise information due to downloading malware on their mobile devices. It is guaranteed that the productivity of many employees will be impacted by the game. You can warn people about these issues, but you do not have ultimate control of them. You can however take advantage of the situation, and seem like their protector, and more than their overseer.

Personally, I am impressed by the business success of the game. I am also impressed that the gamification success. Pokemon Go would be a considered a huge gamification success for corporate wellness programs given how it encourages people to exercise. A companion article will be published shortly that highlights the true gamification principles used in Pokemon Go, and how it differs than most self-proclaimed gamification programs.

From a security perspective, Pokemon Go, itself, is as security nightmare. It is a productivity nightmare. However, you can take advantage of the situation and use it to highlight the importance of practicing good security behaviors. Don’t let a great opportunity go to waste.

Ira Winkler, CISSP is president of Secure Mentem and can be contacted at http://www.securementem.com

 

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