Category Archives: Mobile

Contrarisk Security Podcast #0028: The mobile menace

» Listen or download now on the podcasts page » Judging by the warnings issued by security vendors, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there’s a malware epidemic on the Android platform. The truth, according to Sean Newman, security evangelist at Sourcefire (now part of Cisco), is somewhat more nuanced. In this interview he explains how the number of published vulnerabilities… Read more »

Caller ID withheld? Don’t make me laugh…

Last month I discovered I’d lost my EHIC – European Health Insurance Card – whilst travelling through Manchester airport. I don’t know what happened – I think it left behind whilst I was I replacing my belt, shoes, jacket, wallet, mobile phone and other pretty pathetic stuff the public have to endure in the name of security whilst traversing the… Read more »

iPhone 5s fingerprint recognition – sounding the death knell for PINs?

At Tech Crunch Disrupt in San Francisco yesterday, Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer confessed that she doesn’t use a passcode on her smartphone. Not everyone blamed her. Jeremiah Grossman, CTO and co-founder of WhiteHat Security says: “Perhaps she feels the personal slowdown is more costly than it would be if someone stole her phone and got whatever data was on it…. Read more »

In The Year 2020

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I was talking to a colleague at a major ISP earlier this year about where the Internet is heading – and chatting about the topic of security in the Year 2020 – a topic that I’ve been talking to the Great and the Good in the IT industry about this last few months to great effect. And as you might… Read more »

So where will we be with security in the Year 2020?

I was fortunate enough to be asked to make a presentation last week on where I think IT security will be at the end of the decade – and, whilst I was tempted to make my own predictions, I realised it was far better to let the captains of industry I have interviewed/observed in recent months make their own predictions…. Read more »

Toggle Mobile: free and ultra-low cost cellular roaming services

Every so often a product or service comes along that offers a number of serious advantages, and the latest in that long line – for me, and anyone that travels outside of the UK on a regular basis – is Toggle Mobile. If you’ve ever used your mobile phone outside of the UK, you may have encountered the resultant `bill… Read more »

The eyes have it

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“Don’t shoot until you see the whites of their eyes” might well become the mantra for CISOs addressing mobile device and BYOD security nightmares. For a person on the move, using their biometric characteristics, which they always carry with them, to access their mobile device – and access services via their device – is a no-brainer. Voice recognition might seem… Read more »