Posts Tagged ‘mobile device management’

Here’s the second half of the interview I did from last week’s IBM Impact 2012 conference with Tom Young from developerWorks

Here’s an interview I did earlier this week at the IBM Impact Conference in Las Vegas with developerWorks Managing Editor, Tom Young, on the subject of mobile device security.

IBM’s X-Force researchers have released their 2011 year end Trend and Risk Report and there’s good news and bad news for those of us trying to defend the castle, so to speak. First the good …

  • spam is down compared to last year (although you wouldn’t know if from my inbox),
  • software vendors are doing a better job of patching their products in a more timely manner,
  • and one of the long-standing threats to web server security, cross site scripting vulnerabilities are down (but not out, I might add).

But don’t pop the corks just yet …

  • attacks focused on mobile devices (i.e. smart phones, tablets, etc.) are on the up tick,
  • and so are automated password guessing and phishing attacks.

Also, bear in mind that some of these statistics are cyclical in nature with a down year typically proceeding an increase in the following year.

All in all, though, some great info to have at your disposal and to factor into the way your organization views IT risk.

For more info including access to the free report and an overview video go to http://www-03.ibm.com/security/xforce/.

I’ll be serving as a panelist at the Wilmington Information Technology eXchange and Conference hosted by the University of North Carolina Wilmington on April 18, 2012. I’ll be joined by Jonathan Campbell, CSO for New Hanover Regional Medical Center, with the subject of our discussion being “Security and Privacy Concerns including Mobile Device Management.” I plan to give a brief overview of the latest attack trends with a focus on one of our most challenging areas for security — how to handle the proliferation of mobile phones, tablets and other devices that are cropping up in greater numbers in corporate environments. For more information on the event click on the image below …