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The Overlooked Risk in Our Pockets: Cybersecurity Risks in Mobile Devices


[Moderator] Amy Chang, Resident Senior Fellow, Cybersecurity and Emerging Threats, R Street Institute

Iranga Kahangama, Assistant Secretary for Cyber, Infrastructure, Risk and Resilience, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Glenn Gerstell, Senior Adviser (Non-resident), International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies 

Lisa Plaggemier, Executive Director, National Cybersecurity Alliance


For many Americans, it’s hard to imagine life without a mobile phone. In fact, over 95 percent use them to stay in touch with friends and family, pay for goods and services, plan trips and more.

But along with convenience, mobile phones also bring cybersecurity and privacy risks that are often overlooked. Users face text message interception, malicious applications, and phishing that can lead to fraud or data loss. Though these threats have existed for years, the average user doesn’t know enough about them or how to best protect themselves.

Policy proposals, including calls for interoperability and secure-by-design/secure-by-default approaches, could improve the situation if scoped and implemented correctly—but they could also lead to unintended consequences.

Join us for a virtual panel featuring experts with backgrounds spanning government, industry and civil society. Panelists will explore the mobile device threat landscape, best practices for security, and implications for both national and international policy efforts.

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