Gema Howell

IT Security Engineer; National Institute for Standards and Technology
Gema Howell is an IT Security Engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Gema is the NIST Principal Investigator for the Mobile Device Security Building Block at the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE). Gema currently researches methods to secure Band 14 devices and wearables tailored to public safety. Prior to this effort, Gema researched mobile isolation systems and mobile application vetting solutions for public safety. Outside of mobile security, Gema actively participates in the development of standardization for voting systems. Gema has a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Technology: Network Security from Bowie State University and her Master’s of Professional Studies in Cybersecurity from University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Gema's Session

Wednesday, June 26
11:35 - 12:00 pm
Mobile Security for the Enterprise: Strategically addressing threats while managing risk
Mobile devices provide access to data and resources vital for organizations to accomplish their mission while providing employees the flexibility to perform their daily activities. Securing the information that can be accessed through these devices is important to ensure the continuity of business. While mobile devices can increase organizations’ efficiency and employee productivity, they can also leave sensitive data vulnerable. Addressing such vulnerabilities requires mobile device management tools that help secure access to the network and resources that are different from those required to secure the typical computer workstation. Managing the security of mobile devices and minimizing the risk posed can be challenging because there are many mobile device management tools available and proper implementation of these tools can be ambiguous due to lack of consistency and unfamiliarity with the threats to mobile devices. To address the challenge of securing mobile devices while managing risks, the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) built a reference architecture to show how various mobile security technologies can be collocated within an enterprise’s network.

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