Technology advances like the release of Android for Work and the growing maturity of enterprise mobile management (EMM) tools mean that bring your own device (BYOD) is becoming an increasingly safe and compelling model for businesses, ERNST WITTMANN of Acatel OneTouch
Today’s employee doesn’t want the enterprise to dictate to him or her which mobile apps and devices to use. Companies that don’t have a formal BYOD policy will struggle to contain the rise of shadow IT in their IT infrastructures and may even battle to attract the best employees.
But sophisticated mobile device management tools mean that companies can protect enterprise data and applications, even when they’re accessed used an individual’s own handset. These tools simplify management of devices across platforms – including iOS, Windows, Android, and BlackBerry – and ownership models – including BYOD, Company Owned Personal Enabled (COPE) and Company Owned Business Only (COBO). The solutions enable IT administrators to manage, provision, and activate devices, administer controls, push mandatory applications, and more.
Containerisation is an important, related concept. This technology creates a dedicated work profile on smartphone that isolates and protects work data and apps. End-users can use their personal apps knowing their employer only manages work data and can’t erase or view their personal content.
IT policy controls are applied only to what is included in the container, instead of the entire device. This means the IT department is able to, for example, remotely wipe work data and revoke permissions to work apps if the user resigns without affecting his or her personal data.
With its Android for Work containerisation technology, for example, Google delivers secure mail, calendar, contacts, documents, browsing and access to approved work apps as an integrated part of Android 5.0, Lollipop devices.
Google Play for Work, meanwhile, allows businesses to securely deploy and manage apps across all users running Android for Work.
Google has extended access to Android for Work to older versions of the mobile operating system with an app. It has also partnered with mobile device management partners to give organisations a simple way to manage devices on a single console.
Consumer devices and apps are vulnerable points in the corporate IT environment since they’re easily lost or stolen. Companies cannot put a BYOD strategy in place without the necessary policies and controls to mitigate these risks.
Luckily, the tools to manage BYOD have evolved over the past few years, enabling companies to lock down security while allowing users to be productive on their own devices.
* Ernst Wittmann, Country Manager for Southern Africa at ALCATEL ONETOUCH
Password managers don’t protect you from hackers
Using a password manager to protect yourself online? Research reveals serious weaknesses…
Top password manager products have fundamental flaws that expose the data they are designed to protect, rendering them no more secure than saving passwords in a text file, according to a new study by researchers at Independent Security Evaluators (ISE).
“100 percent of the products that ISE analyzed failed to provide the security to safeguard a user’s passwords as advertised,” says ISE CEO Stephen Bono. “Although password managers provide some utility for storing login/passwords and limit password reuse, these applications are a vulnerable target for the mass collection of this data through malicious hacking campaigns.”
In the new report titled “Under the Hood of Secrets Management,” ISE researchers revealed serious weaknesses with top password managers: 1Password, Dashlane, KeePass and LastPass. ISE examined the underlying functionality of these products on Windows 10 to understand how users’ secrets are stored even when the password manager is locked. More than 60 million individuals 93,000 businesses worldwide rely on password managers. Click here for a copy of the report.
Password managers are marketed as a solution to eliminate the security risks of storing passwords or secrets for applications and browsers in plain text documents. Having previously examined these and other password managers, ISE researchers expected an improved level of security standards preventing malicious credential extraction. Instead ISE found just the opposite.
Click here to read the findings from the report.
MWC: Next generation of inflight connectivity to be unveiled
Next week at Mobile World Congress, the Seamless Air Alliance will reveal progress on its mission towards enabling the next generation of inflight connectivity. This follows a significant start for the Alliance, which has seen membership increase five-fold since the first meeting in June of last year. The Alliance has a new research laboratory setup and continues progress through its three working groups, writing specifications for the technology, requirements, and operations.
These developments represent a huge leap towards the goal of making connectivity as easy and enjoyable in the skies as it is on the ground. Appearing as part of the Airbus stand (Hall 6, stand 6G34), the Seamless Air Alliance will reveal specification topics that have been completed and published to its membership.
“The passenger experience with inflight connectivity remains one of the great technology challenges. From Day One we have been determined to deliver on our mission to bring industries and technologies together to make the inflight internet experience simple to access and a delight to use,” said the Alliance’s Chief Executive Officer, Jack Mandala.
“I have been tremendously encouraged by the enthusiastic and committed response we have seen and the widening areas of expertise we can call upon as more and more companies and organisations continue to join us,” he added.
Announced during MWC 2018, the Seamless Air Alliance has since grown to twenty-three membercompanies with more than one-hundred key personnel from across the membership participating in its three working groups, with numbers continuing to increase.
The Seamless Air Alliance was created by founding members Airbus, Airtel, Delta Air Lines, OneWeb and Sprint, and quickly joined by Air France KLM, Aeromexico, and GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes and global technology leaders including Astronics, Collins Aerospace, Comtech, Cyient, iDirect, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Latecoere, Nokia, and Panasonic.
Today, the Alliance is pleased to announce five additional new members: Adaptive Channel, Etihad Airways, GlobalReach Technology, Safran, and SITAONAIR.
“We are extremely pleased to have these companies join and be a part of the companies driving the next generation of connectivity.” said Mr Mandala.
The Seamless Air Alliance will enable travelers boarding any flight, on any airline, anywhere in the world, to use their own devices to automatically connect to the Internet with no complicated login process nor paywall to scramble over.
The Alliance is also announcing the release of a new research study on the economic benefit of standardization on the inflight connectivity market at Mobile World Congress. This report is available for download at https://www.seamlessalliance.com/publications/
The Alliance is moving rapidly towards an expected demonstration of the technology later in 2019 and anticipates massive interest in Barcelona from the whole communications eco-system.