MobileIron and Appthority name new CEOs

A couple of reshuffles are afoot in the enterprise mobile space: MobileIron has named CFO Simon Biddiscombe as chief executive and president, while Appthority announced Anne Bonaparte has joined the company as CEO.

Biddiscombe takes over at MobileIron with immediate effect following the ‘mutual decision’ that former CEO Barry Mainz would leave the company. The former CFO joined MobileIron in 2015 in an interim capacity before taking the reins full time shortly afterwards.

Alongside the change, MobileIron...

By James Bourne, 18 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility.

As IoT grows in the enterprise, security needs to evolve with it

Almost two in three respondents to a survey conducted by 451 Research and BlackBerry say their primary concern around digital technologies and processes is security – so is a unified security platform the answer?

As regular readers of this publication will be aware, this is the strategy on which BlackBerry is basing its fortunes, with the term ‘Enterprise of Things’ (EoT) being coined as a result. The strategy is becoming something of a success too; shares shot up by 19% after BlackBerry’s

By James Bourne, 17 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Security.

Concerns rise from IT over protecting remote and mobile enterprise traffic

Four out of five IT executives – and more than half of C-suite execs – say they are not confident in protecting enterprise mobile traffic.

That is the verdict from a new study by enterprise security platform provider iboss. The report, titled ‘Security in a Remote Access World’ and taking the views of more than 100 IT professionals, argues that the executives leading the technological charge in large enterprises are making strategic decisions blind based on an incomplete view of their...

By James Bourne, 17 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

As enterprise app expectations rise and timeframes fall, testing drops off in importance

Almost half of organisations admit to releasing apps before the quality testing stage as user expectations continue to soar.

That’s the finding from a new study released by Testplant which polled more than 750 development team leaders in the US and UK. Yet the deluge continues; 68% of respondents say they plan to build more apps during the coming 12 months.

Part of this is down to emerging technologies; 62% say their company will increase the number of apps which deploy machine learning and deep...

By James Bourne, 11 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise App Stores.

New research shows how IT is lax on basic password protection policies

If you’re not enforcing strong passwords on your employees, then you could be at risk of a breach going well into seven figures to remediate it. Yet according to new data from OneLogin, a quarter of companies surveyed don’t even require user passwords to meet a minimum length requirement.

The study, which polled more than 500 US-based executives with influence over their firm’s security systems, also found a minority require users to rotate their passwords monthly (24%) or check them against...

By James Bourne, 06 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Identity.

This app monitors program logs and screenshots to keep track of employees – consensually, of course

Remember the story in 2013 about the developer who outsourced his entire job to China and spent his days surfing Reddit and watching cat videos?

The rogue employee eventually got the hook after activity from VPN logs picked up China even though he was sat at his desk. Yet with this app, he probably would have been stopped sooner.

Meet Weagill. The app, launched last week by Weiskleint Enterprise in Denmark,...

By James Bourne, 04 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Security.

WhatsApp and WinZip among most blacklisted enterprise iOS apps, says Appthority

WhatsApp, WinZip, and Pokémon GO were the top iOS apps blacklisted by mobile security teams, according to a new report from enterprise mobile threat protection provider Appthority.

The study, the company’s latest quarterly Enterprise Mobile Security Pulse Report, found iOS apps were most likely to be given the boot due to data leakage for sending SMS messages, tracking location, and sending data unencrypted.

For Android – whose biggest casualties were Where’s My Droid Pro and an...

By James Bourne, 03 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Loss, Enterprise Mobility, Malware, Security, Social.

How SD-WAN in the enterprise leads to greater security, integration and automation

Cloud and software as a service (SaaS) applications are great for businesses – but they need a solid infrastructure underpinning it. According to IDC, security, bandwidth optimisation and automation are key to more organisations analysing SD-WAN for their operations.

The study, which gauges the views of more than 1200 enterprises across 11 countries, assessed how software defined networking (SDN) is moving into the enterprise. According to the respondents, bandwidth optimisation was the most important...

By James Bourne, 02 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Cloud , Security.

BlackBerry sees strategy verified as shares soar on positive financial results

BlackBerry’s strategy in moving into software and security over hardware appears to be paying dividends: the company’s shares have shot up by 19% after posting GAAP revenues of $238 million (£178.1m) in its most recent quarter.

The company’s adjusted EBITDA was $50 million – a positive number for the fourteenth consecutive quarter – while software and services revenue was at a record $185m GAAP, 77% of total revenue.

Speaking to analysts after the results were announced,...

By James Bourne, 29 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Enterprise Mobility.

New figures show encouraging BYOD usage in healthcare

More than two thirds of healthcare organisations say some form of bring your own device (BYOD) is allowed in their hospitals – up 13% from this time last year.

That is the verdict from Spok, a secure communications provider for clinical industries. The study, whose results were put in an infographic, polled more than 350 healthcare executives, and not surprisingly found data security the biggest reason why organisations were concerned about a BYOD model.

Physicians...

By James Bourne, 28 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

UK employees ‘largely optimistic’ around impact of automation on working practices

Workers in the UK are ‘largely optimistic’ about the impact automation will have in the workplace, according to a new report from Workfront.

More than four in five (84%) of the 2,000 office workers surveyed by the company agreed with the sentiment that “the use of automation in the workplace will let us think of work in new and innovative ways”, with a similar number (82%) saying similar with the chance “to learn new things as the workforce moves towards more...

By James Bourne, 27 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employees, Productivity.

Walmart signs up for Facebook Workplace in key win for social giant

Facebook’s enterprise-focused collaboration tool, Workplace, has got another blue-chip client in the form of Walmart, the company has announced.

The social giant has seen more than 14,000 companies sign up to Workplace in the past 10 months. Facebook opened up Workspace to all organisations in October last year.

“Workplace is helping to further accelerate Walmart’s digital transformation as they work...

By James Bourne, 27 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Social.

SOTI looks to Linux mobility management support in latest release

Enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider SOTI has announced what is claimed to be the first solution managing mixed mobility and IoT deployments with support for Linux.

The Linux support is part of the latest update to SOTI MobiControl, the firm’s flagship EMM product. The company argues Linux mobility management support has been ‘largely ignored’, and where it does exist, been only partial and proprietary. 

The update will aim to “protect Linux devices against unauthorised...

By James Bourne, 26 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Microsoft Ignite: LinkedIn integration, Teams getting top marks, mixed reality, and more

Microsoft laid out more of its vision around artificial intelligence (AI), mixed reality, and the importance of collaboration over individualism at its Ignite event in Orlando today.

Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, outlined to the audience the four methods of enabling digital transformation (below); modern workplace, business applications, applications and infrastructure, and data and AI, to empower employees, engage customers, optimise operations, and transform products.

“When you think about the...

By James Bourne, 25 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

AI seen as a job creator rather than a job destroyer, asserts CCS Insight

It’s often been the more optimistic viewpoint that instead of making employees redundant, artificial intelligence (AI) will free workers up to be more creative. Yet hard data now backs up that assertion in the form of a new report from CCS Insight.

The study, which polled more than 650 employees across five regions, found that while 70% of respondents fear AI will affect their job in the coming decade, only 13% say the technology is affecting them currently. Despite this, one in three see artificial...

By James Bourne, 21 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Security pros unsure on facial recognition with fingerprints on top, survey finds

Apple’s shiny new iPhone X will include ‘Face ID’ biometrics – but security practitioners appear to have their doubts over the technology’s perceived benefits.

Cloud security software provider Bitglass polled 129 attendees at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas in July and found that for one in five (19.4%) respondents, facial recognition was considered the least effective security tool, only ahead of password-protected documents (33.3%).

Fingerprints – cited by 3.1% -...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Authentication, BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Apple’s enterprise focus assessed: iPhone X, iOS 11, and more

In case you missed it, Apple held a small event earlier this week. Though a fair amount of what was unveiled was leaked previously, of course, it was official confirmation of the iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus, as well as Apple Watch Series 3.

All very nice – but what was there for the enterprise observer?

Not a lot, according to Michael Finneran. Writing for No Jitter, Finneran said the event “delivered little...

By James Bourne, 14 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, iOS.

VMware expands Mobile Security Alliance to include six new members

VMware is expanding the Mobile Security Alliance (MSA) with six new members coming on board to help organisations protect their information at the device, user, app, and data level.

The move, announced at VMworld Europe, sees Bay Dynamics, CipherCloud, Entrust Datacard Corporation, Gurucul, Intercede, and Kaymera join the alliance. The 10 current entrants are Appthority, Check Point, FireEye, Lookout, Palo Alto Networks, Pradeo, Proofpoint, Skycure, Veracode and Zimperium.

To give an idea about the breadth of...

By James Bourne, 12 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Identity, Security.

Microsoft adds guest access to Teams collaboration tool

Microsoft has announced that it is expanding its Teams collaboration product to include employees from other companies, alongside unveiling new developer tools.

“Guest access has been one of the top requested features for Teams among our customers, and we’ve been working hard to get it right,” wrote Lori Wright, general manager for Microsoft Teams in a blog post announcing the news. “Today, Teams is getting even better with the rollout of guest access to all Office 365 commercial and...

By James Bourne, 11 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Development, Microsoft, Security.

Adobe and Microsoft expand partnership to include e-signatures and collaboration

Adobe and Microsoft have announced they are expanding their collaboration with the two companies becoming each other’s preferred providers on a variety of use cases.

Adobe Sign will become the preferred e-signature solution across the Microsoft portfolio, while Microsoft Teams while be the preferred collaboration services for Adobe Creative Cloud, Document Cloud and Experience Cloud, and Adobe will make Azure its preferred cloud platform for Adobe Sign. The overall portfolio includes the 100 million...

By James Bourne, 08 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Identity, Productivity.