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BlackBerry has appointed David Kleidermacher as its new chief security officer, the smartphone maker announced on Tuesday.
Mobile security startup Wandera has raised $15 million in additional funding led by 83North, with participation from existing investor Bessemer Venture Partners.
Siri, Apple’s personal assistant and knowledge navigator application, can be leveraged to steal sensitive information from iOS smartphones in a stealthy manner, according to a recently published research paper.
Cybercriminals are repackaging legitimate HTML5 applications into Android malware and potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), according to Trend Micro
BlackBerry has completed its acquisition of Secusmart GmbH, a provider of high-security voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping solutions.
VMware has released an update to its AirWatch enterprise mobile management and security platform to address information disclosure vulnerabilities.
The creators of the Android remote administration tool (RAT) called DroidJack started off as legitimate application developers, but when they realized that their products were not as successful as they had hoped, they turned to developing a crimeware tool.
Mobile security firm Lookout warned that Android-powered smartphones or tablets are being targeted with mobile malware called "NotCompatible" that puts them at the mercy of hacker overlords.
Apple's first update for the iOS 8.1 mobile operating system includes bug fixes, increased stability and performance improvements for older devices, and also addresses several security issues.
A new variant of the NotCompatible malware targeting Android devices is a threat to corporate networks because it's difficult to detect and block by network-based security systems.

FEATURES, INSIGHTS // Mobile Security

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Ryan Naraine's picture
Costin Raiu of Kaspersky Lab's global research and analysis team talks about the global implications of the Icefog APT campaign and discloses that a major command-and-control shutdown is currently underway.
Michael Callahan's picture
The problem with this Internet of Things is that the manufacturers of "smart" devices are not always as concerned about security as we end-users might want them to be.
Ryan Naraine's picture
Jerry Bryant, Senior Security Strategist in the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing group chats about the company's thinking behind the expansion of the Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP).
Wade Williamson's picture
As security professionals, it’s our job to see around the corner whenever possible. While the sky is not falling, if controlling mobile malware isn’t on your radar, it definitely should be.
Ryan Naraine's picture
Security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek join the podcast to talk about their work hacking the into modern vehicles to manipulate steering, acceleration, speedometers and safety sensors.
Gant Redmon's picture
Being in a public place makes you fair game. So what makes a place private instead of public? This is where that famed “reasonable person” comes in.
Avi Chesla's picture
While Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks bring the promise of relieving traffic jams for mobile operators, they also entail new security risks.
Nick Cavalancia's picture
Company Owned, Personally Enabled devices (COPE) provide a high-degree of centralized control and monitoring while allowing employees to install consumerized, personal-use applications.
Nick Cavalancia's picture
There is no way to deal with the risk that BYOD brings. Between Android and iOS, there are millions of apps readily available for download, countless numbers of which open up doors in BYOD technologies that hackers and cybercriminals can easily stroll through.
Nimmy Reichenberg's picture
From a security perspective, most consumer devices and services leave much to be desired. The tools at the disposal of security professionals for dealing with consumerization are quite limited and include the ability to Block it, Wrap it, or Allow it and pray.