Mobile Security

  • Mobile malware: It's bad now, but will be worse in 2013

    Posted December 17, 2012 - 4:19 pm

    If you're a user of Google's mobile operating system Android and concerned about your smartphone's security, expect to worry more in the coming months.
  • BlackBerry blacklists the 'Pooh' gang

    Posted December 17, 2012 - 2:39 pm

    A report surfaced recently contending that BlackBerry OS 10 will include a list of 106 prohibited passwords designed to prevent the clueless from choosing the likes of 123456, blackberry, or the ever-popular "password" as their password.
  • Android devices in U.S. face more malware attacks than PCs

    Posted December 4, 2012 - 10:00 pm

    Android devices are now attacked more often by malware than PCs, according to a report released Tuesday by a cyber security software maker.
  • Good Vault launches two-factor authentication for iPhones

    Posted December 4, 2012 - 3:08 pm

    Good Technology announced Good Vault, a system for adding two-factor authentication to the iPhone 4 and 4S for access to Good for Enterprise email.
  • 2013's biggest security issues: Cloud botnets, search poisoning and mobile attacks

    Posted November 14, 2012 - 12:13 pm

    Researchers from the Georgia Tech Information Security Center today released their official 2013 cyberthreats forecast, detailing what they say will be the most serious computer security issues in the coming year.
  • The 5 worst mobile threats of 2012

    Posted November 10, 2012 - 8:25 am

    New types of mobile malware make headlines every day, but what are the most prevalent threats out there? The team at Nominum decided to find out by analyzing Domain Name System (DNS) data of approximately half a million users from various countries.
  • Study finds 25 percent of Android apps to be a security risk

    Posted November 6, 2012 - 8:37 am

    According to a new report from Bit9--a security vendor with a focus on defending against advanced persistent threats (APT)--there is a one in four chance that downloading an Android app from the official Google Play market could put you at risk. Bit9 analyzed 400,000 or so apps in Google Play, and found over 100,000 it considers to be on the shady side.
  • Security research labels more than 290,000 Google Play Android apps as 'high-risk'

    Posted November 1, 2012 - 11:44 am

    One-quarter of more than 400,000 Android apps examined in the Google Play store pose security risks to mobile-device users, according to new research.
  • Caveats for VPN users in public Wi-Fi hotspot networks

    Posted October 31, 2012 - 3:28 pm

    Using non-secured public Wi-Fi hotspots can leave you vulnerable to identity theft, data theft, snooping, impersonation and malware infection. That's why so many people rely on public virtual private network services, but VPNs are no panacea. Here are five potential gotchas.
  • The good and bad of Android and iOS

    Posted October 31, 2012 - 1:04 pm

    Both Google's and Apple's mobile platforms have security drawbacks and advantages. Is there a clear winner?
  • Security survey shows struggle to control cloud computing, social media and mobile risks

    Posted October 29, 2012 - 9:16 am

    Many CIOS and chief information security officers are struggling to adapt security practices to a changing environment that includes cloud computing, social media and tablets , according to a survey of 1,850 such IT pros.
  • McAfee shows security flaws of smartphones (especially Android devices)

    Posted October 26, 2012 - 11:02 am

    Smartphone security, or the lack of it, is downright scary. At this week's McAfee Focus event, columnist Rob Enderle discovered just how easy it is to hack into someone else's device. Even if you secure corporate phones, employees' personal phones pose a significant risk.
  • Six tips for mobile device management security

    Posted October 15, 2012 - 4:04 pm

    There has been a lot of discussion this year about the increasing influx of consumer devices being used for both professional and personal purposes. Many organisations are feeling a little overwhelmed as they try to work out appropriate security levels and device management boundaries. When you take into consideration all the platform and application updates chewing through corporate bandwidth, plus the potential for rogue applications and malware to gain illicit access to company data, there are many headaches for security managers to deal with.
  • BlackBerry CIO on mobile security, BYOD and the modern CIO role

    Posted October 10, 2012 - 8:31 pm

    Research In Motion (RIM) CIO Robin Bienfait is not your typical CIO.
  • Rapid7 acquires startup Mobilisafe

    Posted October 9, 2012 - 4:43 pm

    Security firm Rapid7 today announced the acquisition of startup Mobilisafe, the Seattle-based provider of a mobile-risk management software and services.
  • Symantec targets partners to develop better mobile security

    Posted October 9, 2012 - 6:42 am

    To broaden its mobile-device security effort, Symantec today said it would set up a partner program to encourage third-party app developers to build-in the type of security controls, such as enforced encryption, used in the Symantec app-management and security product.
  • 5 mobile security lessons from the Department of Defense

    Posted September 27, 2012 - 12:40 pm

    Several years ago, the National Security Administration wasted millions on a circuit-switched approach to mobile security strategy. With help from the Department of Defense, the NSA is doing things differently now. Enterprise CIOs can learn a few things from the effort, too.
  • The 10 most common mobile security problems and how you can fight them

    Posted September 19, 2012 - 1:17 pm

    When it comes to security, most mobile devices are a target waiting to be attacked. That's pretty much the conclusion of a report to Congress on the status of the security of mobile devices this week by watchdogs at the Government Accountability Office.
  • Why locking your mobile device with a fingerprint is a great idea

    Posted September 12, 2012 - 2:43 pm

    Apple is hosting a major media event today to unveil the iPhone 5. In the days leading up to any iPhone announcement there's always a good deal of heated speculation regarding what features and capabilities the new smartphone will have.
  • Mobile security threats rise

    Posted September 10, 2012 - 8:37 pm

    Security threats to your mobile device lurk as malware, fraudulent lures such as SMS spoofing, and toll fraud, but they're all becoming favorites of digital crooks as people move away from using PCs and toward smartphones and tablets, according to a new report.
  • Charlie Miller wows Black Hat with NFC-based smartphone hacking demo

    Posted July 26, 2012 - 10:14 am

    At the Black Hat Conference in Las Vegas Wednesday, Accuvant Labs researcher Charlie Miller showed how he figured out a way to break into both the Google/Samsung Nexus S and Nokia N9 by means of the Near Field Communication (NFC) capability in the smartphones.
  • Smartphone, tablet security and management guidelines on tap from NIST

    Posted July 11, 2012 - 3:44 pm

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a draft policy on updated guidelines for managing and securing mobile devices, putting the emphasis on smartphones and tablets, whether these are supplied directly by an organization to employees or the employees own them themselves. The draft document views "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) as much riskier.
  • New tools finally give users a way to enforce their own privacy

    Posted June 28, 2012 - 12:45 pm

    A rush of new products are designed to add "military grade" encryption to email, text messages and corporate data. None are perfect; none are revolutionary. Collectively they represent acceptance, for the first time, that users should have tools to keep their data secure even from their own employers and tech suppliers.
  • Mobile security startup Bluebox gets $9.5 million in funding

    Posted June 19, 2012 - 10:57 am

    Mobile security startup Bluebox eases out of stealth mode today with an announcement of $9.5 million in Series A funding, but doesn't plan a product announcement until later this year.
  • Security Manager's Journal: Time for a mobile-security upgrade

    Posted June 6, 2012 - 9:57 pm

    A flood of mobile devices into the enterprise is exhausting available licenses for mobile-device security. But there are great options available today that didn't exist two years ago.
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