The Mobile Device Threat Without question the security of mobile devices is on the minds of almost every IT department. The average mobile worker carries 3.5 mobile devices at all times, a number that has doubled within the past three years and will likely continue to grow. The problem most organizations face is the workforce uses mobile devices, whether owned by your organization or not, to access company resources. This presents several problems, including not knowing who is using which device, if the devices have the latest software updates, or if device has been tampered with (i.e., jailbroken). Getting a Handle on Mobile Device Security Nessus has implemented new features to help users combat mobile threats. Network-based scanning is not the right approach to identify vulnerabilities on mobile devices, due in large part to the fact that most devices are in "sleep" mode and/or using a 3G/4G network. However, MDM (Mobile Device Management) technologies maintain information about the devices, including information about security vulnerabilities. To learn more about detecting mobile device vulnerabilities with Nessus you can view a video tutorial on our YouTube channel : The new "Mobile" tab in Nessus allows Nessus ProfessionalFeed customers to enter credentials for either (or both) Apple Profile Manager or Microsoft's ActiveSync. Nessus then uses the credentials to gather information about the type of device, who is using it, and mobile device vulnerabilities.