Following the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, the world’s largest tech company, Apple, is once again under scrutiny from the Department of Justice. During the trial of the San Bernardino shooter, Syed Farook, United States Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym declared that Apple must assist investigators in decrypting Farook’s iMessages. Farook, a former employee of the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, received his phone from the county. Despite the fact that this was “company-owned” device and that he was a public servant Farook’s text messages and iMessages are still not accessible without hacking into Apple’s closed system architecture. However, there is a very simple solution.
MobileGuard’s NetGuard Solution for San Bernardino County: Case Study
MobileGuard offers a network based solution that would have captured Farook’s messages and alerted authorities and superiors of his intentions. NetGuard by MobileGuard offers a complete archiving solution that captures Native SMS and MMS messages sent from every kind of mobile device, whether it is an iOS, Android, Windows, or Blackberry operating system.
Not only does NetGuard offer a unified solution for archiving SMS/MMS messages, Social media posts and emails, but it also has a wide range of functionality that would prove useful in the case of the San Bernardino shooting.
The conversation threading feature allows administrators to filter messages and content looking for keywords, and flags conversations for review when a keyword is used. For Example, if San Bernardino county was using NetGuard before the incident and setup keywords in the MobileGuard Console for “Gun”, “Shooting” and “Attack”, any message that Farook sent or received containing the word “gun”, “shooting” or “Attack” would be flagged; and the conversation before and after the keyword was used would be recorded and sent to a conversation thread folder where the entire conversation is available for review. The Parameters of the “flagged” conversation can be set to any amount of time before and after the conversation. Similarly, this feature also proves useful in the financial services sector where keywords like “guarantee” and “tip” can be used to help prevent and identify insider trading and illegal guarantees. This feature would have been invaluable to law enforcement officials and could have helped prevent the attack. MobileGuard’s service could also help investigators review text messages of the perpetrator’s as well. If San Bernardino County had been using MobileGuard the content of all of the text messages sent and received would be available at the click of a button.
In conclusion, MobileGuard offers a variety of solutions necessary for compliance in the financial and public sectors. However, MobileGuard’s suite of products is also useful for audits, investigations and even in preventing future infractions. Using its wide array of features and functions MobileGuard can not only help organizations remain in compliance with regulations but also prevent future crimes, violations and infractions.