Monday, 07 March 2011

Europeans Store Sensitive Data on Mobile Phones Despite Losses

About one third of European smartphone users store credentials to access personal and corporate e-mail on their mobiles and access online banking services, a survey has revealed. This is despite the fact that 20% of 1,600 smartphone users polled by Kaspersky Labs in the UK, France, Italy and Spain have reported smartphones lost or stolen. Password protection for smartphones is least common among UK users, where only 47% use a password on their device.

Businesses cannot afford to ignore mobile hacking attacks as they are proving extremely lucrative over shorter periods, a study of mobile threats by security firm AdaptiveMobile has found. Criminals are rapidly turning to sophisticated compound threats that use text messaging, multi-media messaging, e-mail, web and voice channels, said the report, 2011 Global Security Insights in Mobile.

According to Kaspersky Labs, only 27% respondents said they know about the risk.mMobile anti-virus, with 52% of smartphone users unaware of the existence of antivirus software for mobile phones. Only 12% of respondents said they were using antivirus software and another 12% are planning to use it.

Awareness of mobile protection software was lowest in the UK (36%) and France (37%), compared to 67% in Italy and 53% in Spain.

Motorola Solutions Address Challenging Security Environments

Motorola Solutions and Apriva, a provider of wireless transactions and secure information solutions, today announced that Apriva's authentication products, including Apriva Bluetooth Smart Card Reader, Apriva CSPware and Apriva Guard, will be integrated into Motorola's mobile computing platform to provide secure mobile Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) authentication. The solution ensures that users requiring access to sensitive data receive the proper authentication based on cryptography and smart card technology.

Jim Mears, vice president and general manager, Federal Government division, Motorola Solutions "Our customers and partners trust Motorola Solutions to provide the security levels they need for their mobile computing devices. The introduction of Apriva's solutions to our products brings additional state-of-the-art authentication for highly secure mobile computing solutions."

Google Takes Over German zynamics

Thomas Dullen (aka Halvar FLake), CEO and founder of the German security company zynamics announced that its company has been acquired by Google.

zynamics provide solutions to software analyst for understanding the complex relations that exist in modern software and to boost his productivity. zynamics says that the key to many problems in software analysis is proper visualisation, and aim to build tools (the flagship product is zynamics BinNavi, a Java application) that make software analysis intuitive and easier.

VeriFone Says Merchant Buy-In Key to Success of Mobile Commerce

VeriFone Systems, Inc. urged aspiring mobile payment service companies to engage with retailers in determining market requirements to enable mobile phone-initiated payments and services at the retail point of sale.

Responding to growing interest from major industry players intent on claiming a stake in emerging mobile commerce opportunities, VeriFone CEO Douglas G. Bergeron articulated key guidelines to ensure that mobile payments don't follow the path of previous alternative payment schemes that only succeeded in alienating merchants.

"Emerging mobile payments platforms represent a leap forward in electronic payment transactions, but those who want to claim leadership in this space have to reconcile merchant resistance to the imposition of costs to implement new infrastructure that will be managed an increasingly complex environment," Bergeron said.

"The retail point of sale represents a point of convergence for smartphone-initiated payments, social networking and electronic couponing, but it won't happen if retailers are expected, on faith, to absorb the costs of making it work," Bergeron added. "This isn't just an issue of adding an NFC reader, it requires deep software richness at the point-of-sale to interact with the smartphone and manage a services-based model encompassing new applications and deployments without disrupting operation of existing card systems."

New Jersey's Largest Healthcare Provider Rolls Out Data Loss Prevention Technology

Saint Barnabas Health Care System, New Jersey's single largest healthcare provider, is rolling out major data loss prevention software in an initiative to enforce new content-control restrictions. Ellen Messmer of Network World explained that the technology will be applied to well over 10,000 laptops, tablets and desktop PCs utilised by medical staff every day.

Just like every other hospital in USA, Saint Barnabas must abide by state privacy-protection rules, including the recently-installed HITECH Act.

Working in a similar way to the Information Commissioner's Office and the Data Protection Act in the UK, government agencies uphold HITECH to prevent sensitive records falling into the hands of criminals, fining organisations should a major breach take place.

Taking into account all recent breaches of the HITECH Act, it was discovered by Kaufman, Rossin & Co that theft was the biggest cause of data loss of personal health information between September 2009 and September 2010.

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