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Published Friday, November 02, 2012 10:41 AM by April Tellez
The prevalence of "iDevices,"the bring-your-own-devices (BYOD) trend and the shift from Blackberry to Apple and Google devices are among the major challenges to mobile security today. "BYOD has changed it fundamentally," said John...
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Published Wednesday, March 21, 2012 1:26 AM by Patricia Hogan

“Both the bring-your-own-device phenomenon, whereby workers opt to use their own gear for work, and company-provided mobile work tools offer opportunities for data leakage,” said Fiaaz Walji, Canadian country manager for Websense. “When you add the fact that these mobile devices have cloud-based applications, free access to social sites, and a lot of them carry sensitive data on them, the security risk has just skyrocketed.”

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2012/03/19/technology-data-loss-mobile-devices.html

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Published Monday, March 19, 2012 1:24 AM by Patricia Hogan

“We’ve seen the Android platform become the preferred platforms of attack, because it’s open source, it has more malware – 252 versions at last count,” Fiaaz Walji, Canadian country manager for Websense said. “Apple iOS is a little bit safer, partially because of the vetting process Apple does on its end. Regardless of platform, companies have to secure these devices. Restricting them is not an option. ”

 

http://infoexecutive.itincanada.ca/index.php?id=16426&cid=394

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Published Thursday, March 01, 2012 1:20 AM by Patricia Hogan

“Security keepers at Websense believe that these new devices are entering the workplace faster than enterprise IT pros can rule them out as potential threats to corporate security. The iPad and iPhone cleared the way here. ‘It really became an avalanche after that,’ Websense CSO Jason Clark tells Fast Company. In response, Websense thinks it's developed a gateway system for this BYOD age.”

http://www.fastcompany.com/1820962/enterprise-mobile-security?partner=rss

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Published Wednesday, February 29, 2012 1:14 AM by Patricia Hogan

“The [bring-your-own-device] BYOD phenomenon is rapidly circumventing security policies,” said Jason Clark, CSO of Websense. “It’s difficult to enforce security policies on something you do not control.”

“Clark said many organizations are trying to take the technologies and security concepts for laptops and desktops at the endpoint and apply them to smartphones and tablets. ‘These are concepts that everyone has been educated on [for protecting] things and they’re trying to apply it over to something that is completely different,’ he said.”

http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/news/2240118659/CISOs-fear-lack-of-mobile-device-control-visibility-survey-finds

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Published Thursday, July 07, 2011 12:35 AM by Talia James

Today, in a Reuters article, Websense® Senior Security Research Manager Patrik Runald discusses how hackers have revealed a bug in Apple iOS software. The security flaw was discovered today when a popular jailbreaking site (www.jailbreakme.com) released a code for Apple customers to modify their device’s operating system.

In the article, Runald warns that this code could be a major security downfall: cybercriminals could easily download the code, reverse engineer it to find a hole in iOS security and then quickly build malware in a matter of days. The creator of the jail-breaking code, Comex, agrees that the code would not be difficult to reverse engineer.

"If you are a malicious attacker, it is fairly doable.” –Patrik Runald, Senior Security Research Manager

Apple’s iOS software runs on the millions of iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches sold around the world – any security flaw to iOS holds the potential to create some major damage. Reuters quotes Runald warning that once the device is infected, hackers could do anything they want, including stealing passwords, documents and emails.

Reuters reports that Apple is currently developing a software update to circumvent any potential threats.

In the meantime, learn how to protect your organization from mobile security threats here.

Read a Websense Security Labs™ report on a past jailbreak-related security threat here.

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Published Wednesday, June 22, 2011 12:55 AM by Talia James

CBS News TechTalk just published an article questioning the security of smartphone passcodes. Patrik Runald of Websense warns about the serious implications of an unlocked phone in the wrong hands, as smartphones frequently have a massive amount of personal or even corporate information stored on the them.

"Just think about the information you have stored on your phone and what would happen if that information came into the wrong hands… Your emails, your contacts, your calendar, your notes... You might have Twitter and Facebook set to auto-login and now the thief can post public messages in your name." -- Patrik Runald, senior manager of security research at Websense

A 20-year-old NYU student is also noted for a recently completed research project on the most common smartphone passcodes. Nearly 10 percent of the passcodes in his research sample were one of five common combinations: 1234, 0000, 2580, 1111 and 5555.

Bottom line: don’t make your PIN something easy to remember or guess. It might seem obvious, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Proper passcodes are just the first step in smartphone security, but one you must get right.

 For more information from the WebsenseSecurity Labs™ click here. Read more about securing company mobile phones here.

 

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Published Wednesday, March 23, 2011 5:40 PM by Talia James

Infoexecutive Canada just released a new article that features Websense’s very own David Meizlik in highlighting Websense® TRITON ™ as the first of its kind in the security product market.  The article draws attention to the necessity of maximum flexibility in security products used by all types of customers so that they can have full license to use all Websense Web, Email, and Data Security solution modules “however, wherever and whenever they need.” 

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Published Sunday, March 13, 2011 10:06 PM by Talia James

 

As companies push to further mobilize their businesses and personal smartphones and tablets proliferate the workspace as primary communication tools, IT departments are facing increasing pressure to keep their content secure from malicious attacks and data leakage on employee-owned devices. Such potentially damaging threats posed to confidential data have necessitated the implementation of a mobility management and security strategy in the enterprise, particularly since the average cost of corporate data breach has reached $7.2 million!

In a recent article by NetworkWorld, Websense® Mobile DLP™ is highlighted as a response to these threats, using TRITON Security Gateway to locate and quarantine confidential information headed for non-corporate devices. 

In the article, David Meizlik describes the 1,100 data protection policies in the TRITON Security Gateway that ensure the protection of corporate, confidential data on Google Android, Apple iOS and Windows Phone 7 devices. Blackberry devices can be filtered too, if the company runs a Blackberry enterprise server.   Read more about our Websense Mobile DLP here.

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Published Monday, February 07, 2011 5:52 PM by Talia James

“There is no question that the threat landscape is evolving at a rapid pace… Furthermore, cyber-perpetrators will readily pounce on exploitable gaps in legacy security products… what Websense is accomplishing with its TRITON architecture is providing businesses with an extensible and adaptable mechanism to fight fire with fire” – Michael Suby, VP Research at Stratecast

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