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November 12, 2013

IT security pro slams BYOD as an ‘unregulated mess’

Speaking with Computer Business Review recently, Kaspersky – the current CEO of InfoWatch and former spouse of Eugene Kaspersky (yes, that Kaspersky, of Internet security solutions fame) – said that BYOD was nearly impossible to manage because there is no tool to support all devices and operating systems.

"I don't even think BYOD is a concept at all, honestly speaking,” said Kaspersky. “In my opinion, it's a mess that was given a beautiful name. It is an unregulated mess.”

(Worth reading: 7 smart steps to make BYOD work more effectively & Can anyone balance enterprise security with employee privacy?)

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November 7, 2013

Lookout Security scores deal to come pre-loaded on AT&T’s Android smartphones and tablets

The deal, which was announced today, will see AT&T offer phone and tablet customers the basic service for free although the premium package will also be offered at $2.99 a month.

(Worth reading: The free and easy guided to improving security on your Android tablet)

This news caps the latest in a line of exciting announcements for the San Francisco-based firm.

The company signed a deal with Samsung in April, raised a further $55 million in venture funding last month and also recently launched its first corporate product.

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November 4, 2013

British government clamps down on espionage…by banning iPads

Citing people close to the heart of the issue, The Mail on Sunday reports that numerous iPads were used last week in a presentation by Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude, only for these to be removed at the end of the meeting by security staff.

It is believed that this is a precautionary move to guard against international spying, as The Telegraph adds that China, Pakistan, Russia and Iran all have Trojan viruses that can turn iPads into microphones and transmitters – thus increasing the likelihood of government secrets being found out.

(Worth reading: Britain set to give new iPads to 650 MPs & British MPs get the go-ahead to use smartphones and [...]

 
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October 16, 2013

Samsung’s Knox 2.0 will up the mobile security ante for smartphones & tablets

Although there are few details as to new features or when it will be available,  Jae Shin, VP of Samsung’s Knox Business Group says Knox 2.0 will offer more security features and work in more devices.  

Knox is currently included with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition tablet, which just became available last week in the U.S. The security layer is also being offered with some Galaxy S4 smartphones.

One example of what Knox offers is the creation of a secure boot so only authorized applications are on the device.

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October 14, 2013

BlackBerry says it’s in for the long haul, sees security as unique advantage

In its open letter to "valued customers, partners and fans" the mobile device maker said "You can continue to count on BlackBerry."

The company emphasized that it is debt free with substantial cash on hand and is restructuring with a goal of cutting expenses by 50%.

"Governments all over the world, global corporations and businesses that simply cannot compromise on security choose and trust BlackBerry," the company said in the letter signed by The BlackBerry team. "Security is our heritage, and the industry recognizes that BlackBerry is the most secure when it comes to the device, server and, of course, our global data network. Have no [...]

 
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October 8, 2013

Apple’s iPad 5 event looks like a lock for October 22

The event will also include a new Mac Pro and OS X Mavericks will likely get some stage time, people familiar with Apple’s plans told All Things D.

According to various rumor mill sources, the so-called fifth generation iPad is likely to be about the same form factor as the current model, just a bit thinner (closer to the iPad mini) and lighter.

A couple of key points of expected differentiation include a much faster 64-bit processor (as Apple debuted recently in the iPhone 5s), and a fingerprint reader for security that also debuted in Apple’s latest iPhone.

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October 2, 2013

Two week after the launch of iOS 7 and Apple is prepping yet another update

Despite having only launched iOS 7 on September 18, Apple has already since followed up with iOS 7.0.1 and iOS 7.0.2. The latter arrived late last week in a bid to fix a lock screen security vulnerability.

Now, as tech blog BGR reports, it looks as though Apple has seeded iOS 7.0.3 to Apple employees and partners for “final testing”, with the final product expected to launch at some point next week.

Little is known at this stage on what the update will bring, although it could address some performance issues that have surfaced on the iPad.

 
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October 1, 2013

Student’s iPads repossessed by Los Angeles school district

Officials from the Los Angeles Unified School District on Friday began repossessing iPads from students at at least two area schools following the news last week that some students had bypassed security restrictions on Apple's tablets.

In a significant blow to what appeared to be a high profile customer win for Apple, the L.A. School District last week halted, at least temporarily, the initial roll-out of up to 640,000 iPads.

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September 19, 2013

Security flaw in iOS 7? Control Center can be used to bypass passcode lock

As reported by Forbes, the recently discovered vulnerability involves Control Center, a new feature in iOS 7 that gives users quick access to commonly used apps and commands.

To exploit the vulnerability, you would first have to invoke Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of a locked iPhone or iPad's lock screen. From there, the Clock app can be opened even without a passcode. Holding down the power button will bring up the shut-off pane.

As AppleInsider notes, the rest takes some practice. Instead of swiping to power down the device, cancel is selected, followed quickly by one short and one long press of the home button. The device enters [...]

 
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July 30, 2013

Will iPad survive in a world of corporate-owned tablets?

Analyst firm J. Gold Associates’ latest survey found that corporate-issued tablets will grow at an average annual growth rate of 64% over the next three years. By contrast, the expected growth rate for consumer-purchased tablets (BYOD) during the same time period is 31%.

The survey focused on mobile strategies and adoption plans of 270 North American medium to large-sized businesses.

Companies responding to the survey noted that while tablets are less expensive than laptops, the hardware purchase is only 10%-15% of the overall cost of the tablet.

That means managing the apps, security, and permissions make up as much as 90% of the total cost of ownership. [...]

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