Smartphone Security Winners & Losers

Mobile Security Winners & LosersPost based on my interview with Jeanne Friedman, content manager for  RSA Conference.

In the mobile space the BYOD trend is becoming a minefield for IT administrators. Many companies have experienced a data breach as a result of an employee owned device accessing the corporate network. When the stakes are this high, corporate IT needs to know which platforms to allow and which to refuse.

Android is the most popular mobile platform in the world. It is also the most vulnerable to attack and in fact the most exploited. Contrary to common perception, Apple mobile devices are not immune to security flaws. And in fact less secure than Android if users “jail break” their devices – to escape Apple’s control.

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Advice for BYOD users: don’t be naive about mobile security.

Trend Micro interviews at the Mobile Convention Amsterdam 2012 reveal a shocking lack of education with regard to the security risks posed by mobile devices. Here is what you should know.

We all love our smartphones and tablets. And we all love those little mobile apps that make our devices so unique, useful, and fun. But have you ever thought about how safe they are? Should you trust your smartphone to shop online? Is it safe to access you bank account from your tablet? Is it ok to check your corporate email from your mobile phone? Should you trust the device manufacturer? Should you trust the app developer? Do you need mobile security software – as you know you do for your PC?

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BYOD: A Leap Of Faith For Enterprise Users? What has changed in the past year.

Post based on my remarks at Direction 2012 Conference* in Tokyo – August 7, 2012.

I’ve been talking about Consumerization and BYOD – bring-your-own-device – for quite a while now. What has changed in that past year since my presentation at the CIO Summit in Singapore?

What has changed is that more and more organizations are adopting BYOD. Executives and IT managers are learning about the benefits and the perils of BYOD first-hand.

Trend Micro has been working with industry analysts like Decisive Analytics and Forrester Research to take the pulse of IT decision-makers, to help us understand their challenges and what solutions we can offer. They also give us great insights into the state of the union of BYOD.

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Remote working during the Olympics: any new security risks?

What enterprises need to consider as large numbers of staff prepare to work away from the office.

Video post based on my interview* with Stuart Sumner of Computing – Part 1.

A large proportion of staff are set to work remotely this summer as the Olympic Games disrupt the UK’s transport networks. In a recent video interview, Stuart Sumner of Computing asked me whether remote working during the Olympics will create any new security risk for UK firms. My answer is I don’t think so.

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What’s in a Jelly Bean: is Android 4.1 going to help with BYOD?

Google recently announced Android 4.1 ‘Jelly Bean’ at its I/O conference in San Francisco. The latest flavor of the world’s #1 mobile OS promises better user experience and sexier UI. But does it really make any easier for IT to secure and manage those personal devices used for work?

Generally speaking, 4.1 is an incremental release that takes Android one step closer to Apple iOS, which has been in the market for 5 years now. From a corporate IT perspective, nothing is dramatically different or better.

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Managing consumer technology in the enterprise

“Corporate IT needs to change mindset to better support the business “

Talking regularly* about the consumerization of IT can often make one sound like a broken record, but the economic, security and management challenges it throws up for enterprises are too important to ignore.

The problems boil down to a lack of control, which can be described in two key ways. IT departments of course are built on policies, planning and predictability, but the introduction of technology from the consumer sphere, even when purchased centrally by IT teams for use in the enterprise, creates its own problems. Read more of this post

The Battle of the Titans: What it all means for IT managers caught in the middle

“Adapt, accept and manage: a BYOD mantra for corporate IT”

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RIM and Apple: two firms with more contrasting current fortunes you could not wish to imagine. The once high-flying Canadian BlackBerry-maker, for so long the darling of IT managers and beloved of time-starved execs the world over, has lost its way as rivals from the consumer space start to eat into its core enterprise business. Then there’s the phenomenon that is Apple, the Cupertino giant molded into the slick, stylish consumer success story it is today by the late Steve Jobs. You’re probably as likely in many organizations to see staff using an iPhone for work as a BlackBerry today, which makes two recent announcements from the tech giants all the more interesting for what they say about the firms’ respective strategies and what it all means for IT managers caught in the middle. Read more of this post

BYOD Best Practices – Three pitfalls you can’t afford to ignore

In a previous post1I raised three pitfalls that your BYOD program cannot afford to ignore when allowing employees to use their personal devices for work:

– Remote deletion of personal data on an employee-owned device
– Tracking an individual’s location
– Monitoring an employee’s Internet access

Based on my involvement with various BYOD projects2 and my ongoing conversations with many industry experts, here is my recommendation for three best practices that will allow you to strike the delicate balance between employee privacy and corporate liability :

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Mobile Security: iOS Jailbreaks Pose Risks

*** UPDATE 9/1/2015: KeyRaider Compromises 225K (jailbroken) Apple Logins ***

http://researchcenter.paloaltonetworks.com/2015/08/keyraider-ios-malware-steals-over-225000-apple-accounts-to-create-free-app-utopia/

 

Mobile Security: iOS Jailbreaks Pose RisksJailbreaking is happening in the millions: don’t turn a blind eye.



The latest jailbreak for iOS 6.1, released on 4 February, was downloaded by a whopping 5 million users in the first 48 hours alone, according to the website stats posted by Cyril (a.k.a. pod2g), the developer of the latest hack published on evasi0n.com. During these first two days, the websites served 40 million page views of which a good 50 per cent to 2.5 million unique visitors from the U.S.

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Consumerization Talks – Sharing the Stewardship of Mobile Data

An interview with Philippe Winthrop

Managing Director
The Enterprise Mobility Foundation

 

 

 

According to Gartner, the consumerization of IT is the most significant trend affecting the IT Industry in the next ten years. As the Managing Director of The Enterprise Mobility Foundation, how would you describe the impact that this trend is having on the members of your organization?

Your IT department, like IT functions everywhere, is charged with managing corporate applications, preserving the security of your company’s lifeblood, and complying with government and industry regulations. Meanwhile, a torrent of mobile devices, neither issued nor owned by the organization, is pouring down on you. Don’t feel alone. The BYOD storm has been raging for two years, and you would be surprised how many companies are struggling to put a strategy in place to manage it. For example, an enormous bank—whose name and geography I can’t disclose—is still thinking about PIN functionality and email and calendaring, rather than application development and management. In this mobile conundrum, they and many other companies are only looking to their IT department for direction.

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