Gartner identifies seven steps to bring down risk of security threats from Spectre and Meltdown

It is beneficial for leaders in the security and risk management field to adopt a pragmatic and risk-based approach to deal with the ongoing security threats posed by the "Spectre" and "Meltdown” vulnerabilities, according to Gartner.

Gartner identifies seven steps that security and risk heads can follow to bring down the risks associated with security threats.

Almost all modern IT systems are at risk of security threats so all desktops, mobiles, servers, virtual machines, IoT devices and...

By Enterprise CIO, 16 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Privacy, Security.

Lack of knowledge around biometrics apparent – but could they be coming to a workplace near you?

A new piece of research from employee software provider TSheets shows a worrying lack of knowledge around what biometric data represents – and concern over how it may be used.

The survey collated responses from 500 US residents and asked them what they thought contained biometric data. The answers offered to respondents were DNA, facial photographs, fingerprints, hand geometry, iris scan, and retina scan. Of course, participants should have selected all of those options – but 37.3% opted for...

By James Bourne, 08 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Authentication, Employee Education, Employees, Identity, Security.

MobileIron and Google Cloud partner on enterprise cloud services for operators

Enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider MobileIron and Google Cloud have announced they are to collaborate on a new end-to-end platform for enterprise cloud services.

The two companies will combine Orbitera, a cloud commerce platform which Google Cloud acquired in 2016, with MobileIron’s app distribution, security, and analytics. The proposed result will be aimed at operators and enterprises, with potential features including customised bundles and customised branding.

As MobileIron sees it, the...

By James Bourne, 30 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Marketing, Security.

Latest Okta report showcases increased enterprise need for security apps and tools

The latest Businesses @ Work report from identity management provider Okta has revealed many of the fastest growing apps in the enterprise are based around security – and suggests that GDPR may be behind the renewed push.

Of the 15 fastest growing apps in the Okta network last year, seven were based around security. These were, in order of popularity, Jamf, KnowBe4, Cisco Umbrella, DigiCert, Sophos, Mimecast and CloudFlare.

Writing in an official company blog, Okta CEO Todd McKinnon argues that the...

By James Bourne, 24 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Mobile mitigations for Meltdown and Spectre: A guide

Meltdown and Spectre are two critical vulnerabilities recently identified in modern processors. These vulnerabilities can allow unprivileged users to access memory belonging to other processes, including the kernel.

Much of the initial coverage of these vulnerabilities centred on desktop, server, and cloud systems, but they affect mobile devices as well. Apple, Google, Linux distributions, and Microsoft are now releasing patches to mitigate these issues.

How the exploits work

Meltdown and Spectre are hardware...

By Ojas Rege, 22 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Data Loss, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Only 4% of enterprise mobile devices protected against Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities

The fallout from the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities is going to be painful, long-ranging and expensive – the latter in more ways in one. Yet according to new research published by Bridgeway, companies are not exactly getting a jumping start on reparation.

Bridgeway, through anonymously analysing 100,000 mobile devices through its mobile management reporting tool, IronWorks found that only 4% of enterprise mobile devices had been patched against the threats. In all, at least 72% of devices are...

By James Bourne, 16 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Why IoT DDoS threats continue to loom in emerging new tech

There’s a flood of connected devices making their way into our homes and businesses – a deluge exacerbated by recent holiday gifts and the latest and greatest from CES, where connected devices always take top billing.

From mobile, wearables and car technology to advancements in smart homes, TVs and cameras, the tech world is awash with internet-connected devices. By 2020, it’s estimated that there will be more than 30 billion

By Ronald Sens, 15 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Security.

Verizon furthers security detection and response services with Niddel acquisition

Verizon has announced the acquisition of Niddel to further its managed security detection and response capabilities for business customers.

Niddel’s machine-learning-based automated threat hunting technology and services will be integrated into Verizon’s existing offerings. Financial terms of the acquisition remain undisclosed.

Alexander Schlager, executive director for security services at Verizon, said: “Using machine learning to improve information accuracy significantly reduces false...

By Enterprise CIO, 10 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Why mobile devices should never be 'trusted'

Enterprise mobile device adoption has soared in recent years, due to the realisation that enabling a mobile workforce benefits productivity and can improve employee retention. Despite these positives, unrestricted access to company data creates a host of security risks, such as data exfiltration and unwarranted access to confidential data.

In a bid to secure corporate devices from these risks, many IT teams have turned to the ‘trusted’ device security model. But this method of securing devices is...

By Mike Schuricht, 10 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Tinder, Pokémon GO and Instagram among most frequently blacklisted enterprise apps

Are you in the habit of swiping right at work? According to the latest report from enterprise mobile security provider Appthority, Tinder is now among the apps most blacklisted by enterprise mobility and security teams.

The study, which uses data based on millions of mobile security scans Appthority performs for its customers each quarter, found Tinder to be the third most frequently blacklisted iOS app; not so much because it wastes valuable company time, but because it is able to send SMS messages.

The top...

By James Bourne, 10 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Security.