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Personal & corporate convergence of smart phones & Apple iPad type devices – Ed Amoroso talks from AT&T

October 20th, 2010 Comments off

Over the past few months there’s been a huge surge of interest from the majority of large enterprises and financial institutions globally relating to mobile convergence, the integration of devices into the enterprise for both personal & corporate use and – more importantly… the operational and security enterprise issues introduced as a result.

I’ve therefore spent a lot of time talking directly to CIO / Director level execs about the blurring line between business and personal technology in the mobile space, and the inter-related security and operational considerations.

The majority of people I know in the industry agree that the next year or so will be the “game changer” from an enterprise / personal convergence perspective, especially considering the impact we’ve seen following the introduction of Apple iPads. Although it’s largely been consumer driven, and pushed into the enterprise from top down, the mix of the various competitor devices will change the face of mobile computing. There’s lots of vendors out there who are competing for their spot – including Blackberry and the Playbook, Samsung’s Galaxy, and the various Android options about to hit the Australian market.

Thanks to the global reach of social media and online networking – it’s always a pleasure to have the opportunity to pose questions related to this subject directly to those who are influential in this topic. Recently I was given the opportunity to talk to Ed Amoroso – Chief Security Officer for AT&T.

In the video below, Ed responds to one of my questions and gives his views as to the challenges and security considerations in the blurring mobile space.  Amoroso is obviously very passionate about this topic:

If you have a few million dollars to spare, I’d highly recommend getting in touch and ultimately jumping in on the Mobile Device Management game. In a nutshell – until the big device & telco players sort things out – the MDM platforms will bridge the gap between EAS and what Enterprises really need from an enterprise mobile security management perspective.  However obviously the big IT security vendors are already in on the game, including McAfee (who bought out the leading MDM vendor Trust Digital), as well as MDM leaders such as Good Technologies, BoxTone, MobileIron, etc to name a few. Undoubtedly there will probably be more than 200 players and growing in this space over the next couple of months.

Until Apple start to truly focus on the enterprise rather than the consumer – we will need to rely on MDM platforms to better secure Apple iPhone & iPad devices, as well as providing the flexibility to provision enterprise access for more endpoints,  including the Blackberry Playpad, Samsung Galaxy, and the latest Android devices.

The next year will be a huge change in the IT mobile device space! If anyone wants to talk more about this, I have a few hours of presentations I can talk you through! From an Australian perspective, I’m sure in the lead up to Christmas the local telco providers such as Optus and Telstra will be hyping things up from a Android adoption perspective in a big way!

Thanks to Ed Amoroso for responding directly – much appreciated.

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Massive Microsoft October Security Bulletin – The biggest ever

October 13th, 2010 Comments off

Although Microsoft are hitting the headlines with details of their new and exciting Windows Phone  7 offering in Australia, they are also hitting the news for other reasons…

Microsoft today released the largest number of Windows Updates – a whopping 49 in total, covering 16 security bulletins. This October 2010 security bulletin includes the greatest number of patches released in a single month, and beats last August’s huge patch release, which included 34 updates.

Patches include fixes for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server R2, .Net, Media Player versions 9 to 11, and Internet Explorer versions 6 to 8.

Four of the bulletins are rated as critical. There’s also a fix (MS10-073) to plug an issue exploited by the Stuxnet worm, in addition to two fixes Microsoft delivered back in September (MS10-046 and MS10-061).

Time to update your windows machines!

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