Cyber Security Institute


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Stats: The Age of the Internet of Things Has Dawned

The nation’s two largest carriers added more connected devices last quarter than postpaid subscriptions, according to data released this morning by Chetan Sharma, a wireless analyst.  Other than making you wonder what six-year-olds are toting cell phones, the data indicates that the Internet of things has clearly dawned, and with it, a new arena of competition.  In his quarterly update, Sharma noted that wireless penetration in the U.S. reached 95 percent and surpassed 100 percent if one takes out children younger than five. While there are only 20 million connected devices out of 311.3 million subscriptions, the devices are where the growth is.


CouchDB Says Hello To Google Android

CouchDB, the open source database that is part of the NoSQL movement, is now available on Google’s Android.  Palm, a division of Hewlett Packard, has already announced that the next version of its webOS will include services for syncing local data with CouchDB.  According to executives, applications—- web or native—- can use CouchDB’s peer-to-peer sync capabilities to build more engaging experiences.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

First SMS Trojan for Android is in the wild

The first text message-based Trojan to infect smartphones running Google’s Android operating system has been detected in the wild.  Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer-A poses as a harmless media player application and has already infected a number of mobile devices, Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab warns.  In a statement, Google said it existing permission controls guard against this type of type, which only exist for applications published outside the Android Marketplace.  Users must explicitly approve this access in order to continue with the installation, and they may uninstall applications at any time.


Monday, August 09, 2010

Marketers Still Looking for More Data, Lower Costs for IPad Ads

As early data on iPad apps trickle in, one thing is clear: It’s going to require mountains of metrics for advertisers to pony up for the new platform’s ads—and their high prices.  But early data from Conde Nast will bolster the argument the iPad is worth a premium, as it’s delivering on reader attention better than other media channels.  The publisher reports users are spending more than two hours on average with its Vanity Fair and GQ apps—that’s double the average hour spent with print magazines.  Time spent with iPad apps also beat digital channels: Two hours with an iPad app trumps an average of 15 minutes on websites and 75 minutes on mobile apps per month.


Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Apple iPhone, iPad in Enterprise Needs Security Policies: Forrester

Apple’s iPhone and iPad have seen increased adoption by the enterprise, but IT pros integrating the devices could need to institute additional security policies, according to a new Forrester report.  Apple has enjoyed increased enterprise adoption of the iPhone and iPad—-but a new Forrester Research report makes it clear that, if companies are to accept the devices into their fold, certain security policies need to be implemented first.  The Aug. 2 report authored by Forrester analyst Andrew Jaquith suggests that, while Apple has instituted more stringent security for its devices, enterprises need to be proactive about instituting policies of their own for the iPad and iPhone.  “These seven Apple mobile device policies satisfy the basic security needs of most enterprises,” Jaquith wrote.


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Survey Finds Enterprise Mobility Management Lowers Cost, Improves Security and Supports More Devices

Best-in-Class Companies Leveraging Mobility Management to Control Mobile Chaos and Reduce TCO up to 78%.  Zenprise, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise mobile management and device management software, announced findings from a research report conducted by Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE:HHS - News), titled “Enterprise Mobility Management: Optimizing the Full Mobile Lifecycle.”  More than 200 companies worldwide were surveyed for the report, which found top performing organizations (“Best-in-Class”) are deploying Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solutions to lower total cost of ownership (TCO), enforce compliance to company policy and governance issues and secure the mobile edge of the network.


Friday, June 04, 2010

Making Sense of Your iPad Options with New AT&T Data Plans

With the death of AT&T’s unlimited data plan, Cost-conscious IT administrators now need to put more effort into understanding how much bandwidth is consumed, and which option makes the most sense from both an operational and financial perspective.  AT&T changed the rules for iPad data plans, removing unlimited data plan as an option after June 7.When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad to the world in January, one of the most innovative things about the tablet device was the ability to enable or disable unlimited 3G data on the fly through AT&T without being shackled by a contractual obligation.  However, AT&T pulled a little bait-and-switch, and now only two months after the launch of the iPad the rules have changed.Let’s take a look at what your options are now for connecting the iPad to the rest of the world.


Thursday, June 03, 2010

UK’s Times sold 5,000, FT shifted 130,000, WSJ 10,000 subs

The Times’ iPad edition, which went on sale along with the tablet’s UK debut Friday morning, sold 5,000 copies in three days, News Corp.‘s CEO Rupert Murdoch told AllThingsD’s D8 conference Tuesday, at which he also spoke about the true value of content (see our full post).


Mayor Bloomberg replaces index cards with an iPad

No matter what you think of Apple, you have to agree that the iPad, just like the iPhone is changing the world.  Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg used his iPad for a speech instead of using index cards.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

iPhone and iPad Integration for Businesses

Companies can now integrate the iPhone and iPad into their IT infrastructure with equinux’s safe and cost effective solution.  TARMAC is the first professional provisioning tool tailored specifically for the Apple platform.  With TARMAC medium to large enterprises can securely set up and manage their iPhones and iPads over-the-air.