• Silent Circle makes big security noise


     "You can't encrypt stupidity"

    A company that is offering fully-encrypted communications has said that somebody with $170 to spend on the right equipment and the right know-how could "easily" intercept mobile calls and texts from out of the air.
    As a result, the company argues, sensitive personal and commercial data and information is at risk as it is transmitted over the air, and requires extra protection. The company is offering a suite of encrypted comms products on IoS and Android (December) from $20 per month to address that need.
  • AdaptiveMobile advises operators and consumers ‘Beware of the Battery App’

    According to AdaptiveMobile’s Ongoing Threat Analysis (OTA) there has been a sharp increase in the number of battery saver apps designed to fraudulently bill users once downloaded.

    Many of these applications are promoted via banner advertising within legitimate apps or use ads designed to look like system updates, making them look genuine, but then direct users to locations outside conventional app stores.

    “Most of these applications fail to improve battery life and are designed to be misleading and trick people in to signing up to recurring premium SMS charges,” says Gareth Maclachlan, COO and founder, AdaptiveMobile. “We have recently seen a spike in the number of these rogue apps, which is a violation of trust for users and carries a high risk of churn for operators. With 83% of subscribers admitting that they would change their operator if their privacy was compromised, rogue apps such as these fake battery saving apps represent a clear and present danger for mobile providers.”

    “With increasing amounts of rich media content being accessed by users and battery life being evermore precious, battery saving apps are something that most mobile users are considering,” concludes Maclachlan. “Hackers and fraudsters seize every opportunity to steal data and funds from the unwary. Users may only become aware once they see the rogue transactions on their bill or in many cases may not notice at all. These ‘organisations’ rely on a large proportion of people not claiming a refund on the fraudulent fees.  Operators should make sure that they have a way of monitoring for this kind of activity so that they can protect subscribers effectively.”

    Top Tips for Users

    1. Do not use unknown sites to download apps .

    2. Beware of ‘free’ apps, and advertising within free apps, make sure they are from a reputable supplier

    3. Make sure that you read reviews dating back more than a month before downloading an app

    4. Check your operator’s website or community forum for information on rogue apps periodically

    5. Check your bill carefully and report any unscheduled charges immediately

  • Vodafone adds device security management for enterprise

    Another operator adds device security as a service

    Vodafone UK has added Vodafone Secure Device Manager for medium and large businesses to its portfolio of security solutions. Its software, powered by AirWatch, is designed to allow businesses to connect mobile devices, including employees' own devices to their corporate networks securely.

    Operated through a management portal, Vodafone Secure Device Manager enables devices to be tracked and monitored, and any lost or stolen device can be ocked or ‘wiped’ of all corporate data. The software is available for OS including Android, Blackberry, iOS, Symbian, Windows Phone and Windows Mobile.
    The Secure Device Manager can be deployed through the cloud or as an on-premise solution and includes a ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) option meaning employees can use their own devices, representing an increased cost saving for many businesses.
    Peter Boucher, Enterprise Commercial Marketing Director at Vodafone UK, says “In today’s highly competitive and technology-obsessed marketplace, businesses must adopt new devices that help them work smarter, but in the midst of so many cyber-threats and security breaches some companies are cautious about new innovations. Vodafone supports British businesses by offering simple-to-use services that give organisations the confidence to make best use of business-enhancing technology. Vodafone Secure Device Manager is part of Vodafone’s on-going commitment to help businesses find better ways of working.”

    Pricing starts at £1.83* (exc. VAT) per device with set-up fees from just £300.00.

  • Deutsche Telekom to deliver Lookout security app to European customers

    Deutsche Telekom (DT) has announced a partnership that will see it deliver Lookout's mobile security app to its European customers. The partnership focuses on distribution and joint innovation, bringing Lookout's mobile security to DT's European customers. Lookout offers mobile device protection against malware, data loss, and device loss. Deutsche Telekom and Lookout teams will collaborate on mobile protection solutions at Telekom’s Innovation Lab in Berlin.
    “The topic of mobile security and device health is becoming a focus for our customers,” says Heikki Makijarvi, SVP of business development at Deutsche Telekom. “As the penetration of smartphones and mobile internet devices increases, we feel it is important to offer our customers not only the best network, but also deliver industry-leading security and device health applications that protect and optimize the mobile experience.”
    “As mobile devices become the primary computing device for consumers, Deutsche Telekom is passionate in providing customers with the best security and privacy,” said John Hering, CEO and founder at Lookout. “By offering tools that promote mobile security and health, Deutsche Telekom is empowering people with the confidence to do more on their phone.”

    The Lookout Mobile Security app enables people to find a missing device when it is lost or stolen, manage phone security, and backup precious data.

    Lookout said that it identified more than 1,000 instances of mobile malware in 2011, a significant increase since 2010. It's partnership with DT is its frst European strategic partnership. Currently over 40% of its users are based in the USA.

    Earlier this month, Mobile Europe reported on the opportunity for mobile operators in offering security services and applications to end users.

  • Operators given mobile security warning

    But with responsibility comes opportunity...

    Mobile operators have the opportunity to differentiate themselves, secure customer loyalty and even additional revenues by providing "clean pipe" services to customers and partners, but must act before regulators and governments force through flawed rules forcing compliance, Mobile Europe has been told.

    Currently, there is agreement across the industry that there is a marked increase in the amount of security threats to mobile device users. Andy Dancer, CTO EMEA of TrendMicro, told a London audience last week that the rate of growth of malicious applications is "dramatic".

    "Get ready for take-off," Dancer said, "Only a lack of an apps monoculture has been saving us to date." However, both Android and Apple are now reaching sufficient scale in the apps community to attract malicious apps, experts warn.

  • LYRICS consortium formed to research anonymous contactless authentication

    Nine companies and academic institutions, including France Telecom, Microsoft and NEC, have formed a consortium to develop a means of providing anonymous authentication for users of smartphones using contactless services.

    The consortium, called LYRICS (Lightweight privacY-enhancing cRyptography for mobIle Contactless Services) wants to research technology that could confirm access privileges while protecting the anonymity of users and devices. LYRICS intends to provide an open, general-purpose architecture for privacy-preserving contactless services and a set of cryptographic mechanisms for implementing and deploying these services on NFC-enabled mobile phones.

  • Kontron and Cavium demo live 40Gbps DPI

    Kontron's 40Gbps security application, developed with partner Cavium, equips OEMs and operators with the tools they need to cope with, and make money from, the coming surge of mobile data.

    The demo consists of a 40Gbs AdvancedTCA Kontron platform using Cavium’s OCTEON II 32 core processors and Cavium TurboDPI software.

    (Sponsored Video)




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