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fantastic opportunity - quelle BlackBerry to acquire German anti-eavesdropping tech

Probably has lots to do with the USA’s spying on Chancellor Merkel

Reviving smartphone maker, BlackBerry should acquire a leading high-security voice, data encryption and anti-eavesdropping specialist, Germany’s Secusmart. Previously, the two companies have provided Secusmart-equipped BlackBerry smartphones to a significant number of German government agencies. This includes almost all German government ministries and naturally including Chancellor Angela Merkel. Nice to see the Canadians helping the Germans to defeat the USA’s spying activities, then. It also shows how CEO Chen knows how to focus on BlackBerry’s strenghts. Continue reading

not surprise that fingerprint scanners came top - locke Touch ID fingerprint scanner coming to iPads soon

Fingerprint scanner is most popular biometric authentication process

New research has shown that eight in ten (79 per cent) of Brits are ready to ditch their passwords in favour of biometric security measures such as fingerprint scanners. It’s no surprise to learn that sales of Apple’s iPhone 5s have helped make biometrics extremely popular with consumers. These figures were revealed by the Future Password Index from digital financial services provider Intelligent Environments. Fingerprint technology was voted as the most popular biometric method in the new 53 per cent of people would like their bank to integrate fingerprint scanners into digital banking services. Continue reading

- trapp Guest Post: Mobile authentication exposé

The real costs and opportunities of one-time passwords

New White Paper research, entitled ‘Unlocking the Mobile Security Potential: the Key to Effective Two-Factor Authentication‘, conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by tyntec, has revealed that 90 per cent of IT managers around the world are considering adopting two-factor authentication (2FA) this year. Rapidly becoming the authentication method of choice, SMS-enabled 2FA integration is on the rise because of its secure, cost-effective and user-friendly nature. Along with these benefits is the ability to use a One-Time Password (OTP), which can provide new and valuable visibility options and opportunities. Continue reading

vital organisations implement BYOD policies - zandbelt UK PM’s mobile tel no. leak shows lack of BYOD awareness

Mobile industry hasn’t stressed dangers of BYOD enough

The fact that a prominent UK journalist, the BBC’s Nick Robinson, lost a mobile device containing the UK Prime Minister’s mobile phone number has failed to ring alarm bells. His quasi-governmental employer has been negligent in allowing extremely sensitive data to be stored unprotected on a personal communications device. As GoMo News pointed out previously – a hostile government (Gadaffi’s Libya) has the capability of tracking mobile phones to within 200 feet. An effective BYOD implementation at the BBC would have ensured Robinson’s phone was wiped. GoMo asked Proven Legal Technologies‘ md, Phil Beckett, and Ping Identity‘s Hans Zandbelt, their views on the current state of play with BYOD. Continue reading

4 walls of an office no longer exist- harding Ping Identity delivers mobile app for single sign-on access to thousands of applications from any device

One-click access for business apps with the security controls that IT requires

Press release

May 22nd 2014. Ping Identity, the identity security company, has announced a native mobile application that delivers single sign-on (SSO) access to thousands of applications from any device. Available for iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones and tablets, the PingOne app gives users a simple yet secure way to access corporate resources via their smartphone or tablet without compromising security and compliance requirements. Continue reading

unified emm could have saved the bbc's robinson Lost BBC hack’s mobile phone classic BYOD mistake

Calls for quasi-governmental organisation to introduce MDM

It’s about as classic a mistake in the failure to implement a proper BYOD [Bring Your Own Device] roll-out as you could possibly imagine. The BBC (a British news service which all UK citizens are forced to pay for) has conceded that one of its key hacks – Political Editor, Nick Robinson, has mislaid his mobile phone. The device contained the mobile numbers for “most of the Cabinet”; Downing Street officials; and key civil servants. That included the British Prime Minister’s number, too. So a major security leak. It appears that the BBC doesn’t have a proper BYOD policy in place. This will result in calls for the quasi-governmental organisation to introduce a proper MDM [Mobile Device Management] scheme. Continue reading

- boyd Flaw in iPhone email encryption causes stir

Germany’s NESO Security Labs spots potential email security flaw

The news site are alight with the news that a researcher working for the NESO Security Labs in Germany, Andreas Kurtz, has spotted a potential vulnerability in the security of email attachments for those using the latest Apple iOS software. He apparently managed to prove the bug worked even with an iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.4. Apple has acknowledged the bug’s existence but it’s still not clear what will happen next. Continue reading

- punskaya VASCO Announces Acquisition of Cronto (UK)

Cronto offers a patented visual transaction signing solution for financial sector
Acquisition provides technology for VASCO’s core banking market and MYDIGIPASS.COM
Strengthens VASCO’s innovation initiatives

Press release

May 20th 2013. VASCO Data Security International, (NASDAQ: VDSI), a leading software security company specializing in authentication products and services, has announced its acquisition of Cronto, of Cambridge (UK), a provider of secure visual transaction authentication solutions for online banking. VASCO acquired all of the stock of Cronto in exchange for an initial cash consideration of €15 million and contingent cash consideration in the form of an earn-out of up to a maximum of €2 million (combined, approximately $21.9 million using the exchange rate of 1.29). Continue reading

android 21 times more risky than iOS Hurry to register for Info Security Europe

London based show isn’t just for IT professionals

Those who have been around for some years might think that Info Security Europe – better known as Infosec, is the sort of show which is just aimed at IT professionals. The network manager who was tasked with keeping viruses out of the corporate LAN. Well, times have moved on and Infosec has plenty to offer those operating in the mobile arena. In fact, there are plenty of themes this year [2014] which are very mobile specific. The show takes place in London, England tomorrow [April 29th 2014] and attendance is free. But you’ve only got about an hour left to register before the organisers, Reed Exhibitions, hit you with a £35 entrance fee! Continue reading

info_security_14 Info Security Europe 2014

[ April 29, 2014 9:00 am to May 1, 2014 6:00 pm. ] Organisers: Reed Exhibitions
Venue: Earl’s Court
Location: London, UK
Twitter: #Infosec14

Registration here

Infosecurity Europe is Europe’s Number One Information Security event. Featuring over 325 exhibitors; the most diverse range of new products and services; an unrivalled education programme. Continue reading

End of XP is great news for Android & iOS

Why exactly do you need a desktop PC instead of a tablet or smartphone?

A great deal is being written about Microsoft ending ‘Extended Support’ for Windows XP today [April 8th 2014]. A great deal of it is mere scaremongering and reminiscent of the Millennium bug which never actually wreaked havoc. The software giant might have shot itself in the foot, however. If you look carefully at what the analysts are saying, they are actually advocating going mobile without truly appreciating it. For example, take this quote from Richard Edwards, principal analyst for enterprise mobility & productivity software at Ovum, “Compared to smartphones and tablet devices, PC operating system upgrades are an ugly affair.” Exactly. It’s not actually time to think about upgrading from XP, it’s time to ask yourself, “Why exactly do I have a desktop again?” Continue reading

source: Brit police force cracking down on phone theft

We think it needs more than just a few T-shirts, though

In a laudable effort to cut down on mobile phone theft in Kingston-upon-Thames (close to London, England), the local police force has been encouraging staff in a select number of pubs (bars) and night clubs to wear special T-shirts. The shirts are emblazoned with the slogan “Love Your Phone” in an effort to encourage revellers to take more care of their prized smartphones when out and about. The campaign is the brainchild of Kingston’s current Chief Inspector, Gary Taylor, who is already something of a local legend. Continue reading

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium launches to proactively protect home PCs from advanced stealthy malware

New version of anti-malware software which fixed 208m PCs last year, combines five powerful new tools into a single download and commits to lifetime XP support

Press release

March 24th 2014. Malwarebytes has announced the launch of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium, a new tool designed to proactively protect home PCs against advanced criminal software which traditional anti-virus cannot detect. In development for over 18 months, Premium is the first completely new version of the company’s flagship security software for six years, and is designed to work alongside traditional anti-virus to provide additional protection. Continue reading

mnos don't really need the banks - birch MWC: Secure transactions themes from the 2014 event

Consult Hyperion on Host Card Emulation & other topics

Consult Hyperion, a consultancy that specialises in electronic transactions, has identified five key technology trends in digital commerce which featured at the recent MWC show in Barcelona. These include host-card emulation (HCE), tokenisation, wallets, MPOS and the fate of IDAP. GoMo News reckons that one of the sector’s major problems is that it is immersed in its own obscure TLAs [Three Letter Acronyms]. Continue reading

- kleczynski Malwarebytes moves to protect Android users from aggressive adware & sneaky apps

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Mobile adds protection from apps which exploit users for ad revenues and in app purchases, worsen performance and collect unnecessary data

Press release

March 5th 2013. Anti-malware provider Malwarebytes has announced it has updated its free mobile security app to protect people from the growing number of Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) targeting Android users. Such applications are often offered through legitimate channels, but mislead people with the aim of making money from aggressive advertising and in-app purchases, as well as taking unnecessary amounts of personal data. They also regularly impact phone performance. Continue reading