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When BYOD Equals Bring Your Own Malware
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Whoopty
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2/20/2014 | 10:20:27 AM
Mobile protection
While we're starting to hear more firms talk about mobile phone antivirus software and the like, it does always tend to be the companies that you would expect to push it (like in this instance): the ones that make it. 

Does anyone here have much experience with them and think they're worth using? 
Marilyn Cohodas
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2/20/2014 | 11:15:14 AM
Re: Mobile protection
I echo Whoopty's question. What are people doing about mobile AV protection? Ignoring, using, hating? Let's get a conversation going. I'm in the "I should be doing something more about this, but what?"
Thomas Claburn
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2/20/2014 | 12:42:33 PM
Re: Mobile protection
Behavior seems to matter more than AV software, given that malware always seems to be one step ahead of security techniques. Sadly, the simplest answer to mobile security is use an iPhone. If that's not appealing, then the next best thing is probably using only Google Play, avoiding apps from sources you aren't sure of, and avoiding apps with advertising (because calls to remote servers are the source of a lot of problems).
Marilyn Cohodas
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2/20/2014 | 2:10:00 PM
Re: Mobile protection
As an iPhone user, I'm glad I'm on the right path.... at least fo now!
Charlie Babcock
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2/20/2014 | 4:29:08 PM
Virtualize the phone
I think, shortly after virtualizing the desktop, it will be necessary to virtualize the smartphone into home and workplace user spaces. The latter will have to be more restrictive and secure than the former.
Stratustician
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2/22/2014 | 12:03:58 PM
Beware of Free
I wonder if there is a correlation between the amount of malware that is positioned as free alternatives to common applications.  Reason being, if there are higher rates of risks in non-English speaking countries, maybe it has to do with the fact that users are less likely to bother thinking about the potential risks since they can't actually read the descriptions.  Sorry, that's the marketer in me talking.

As for mobile device security in general, I absolutely agree that this will drive adoption of virtualized mobile devices, after all, there is a reason we are seeing an increased interest around products like VMware Horizon, or even when BlackBerry released their Z10 and showed off BlackBerry balance and Samsung released Knox.  The idea of having personal and work separated is a great idea, but the management of it is still cumbersome.  Additionally, since the idea of BYOD means that users are providing their device for work use, many question whether they should be required to submit it to security policies being applied.  This is probably why we are seeing less BYOD and more CYOD (choose your own device).


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