Mobile Device Management: Your Phone or Mine?

My phone currently sits in my pocket, and as I write this blog, it vibrates silently — reassuring me that I have not lost it, providing updates from friends and family and reminding me of emails and chats I still need to respond to. Because of the inherent convenience and increased productivity they provide, our phones have become indispensable. It’s no wonder company leadership typically embraces the idea of a mobile-enabled workforce. However, mobile access should be tempered by the current security landscape, where the perimeter has shifted to the cloud. Security teams should take note that even with large investments,…

Déjà vu! Verizon Reports Compromised Credentials Are (by far) the Leading Cause of Breaches

Another year has gone by and the words from the 2016 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) still ring true: “We’re not mad, just disappointed.” The 2017 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) paints a déjà vu portrait of data breaches where 81% of hacking-related breaches leveraged either stolen and/or weak passwords. You have to hand it to cyber criminals, they are no hacks (pun intended). Much like the flow of water, they find the path of least resistance to their target and today that path is clearly straight through your users and their self-managed “simple factor” passwords. Look at…

Mobile World Congress 2017: It’s Not About the Phones Anymore

I’m here at Mobile World Congress 2017, and of course all the big names have new phones, but we expect that now. This year the theme is decidedly more about the future. Every year MWC has a theme, which is usually some sort of catchy marketing phrase. However, this year the theme is “The Next Element,” and I think it fits. Things like 5G connected cars, drones, VR and IoT are the showcase of many of the companies here. This is all great, and I like the progress the industry has made in just the last year. However, for me being…

Ponemon 2017 Report: The Need for a New IT Security Architecture

It’s annual cybersecurity reporting season and first up in 2017 is the Ponemon Global Study, “The Need for a New IT Security Architecture” sponsored by Citrix. The study reveals global trends in IT security risks and reasons why security practices and policies need to evolve in order to deal with threats from disruptive technologies, cybercrime and compliance. Changes in the workplace and problems managing IT security are also increasing risks to the organization. This report surveyed more than 4000 global IT and security practitioners and discusses the findings that concern risks created by cybercrime, employee negligence and organizational dysfunction and…

Addressing the Top Five App Risks in Business

It’s a time of conflict There’s a battle within businesses, and the battleground is your applications. Employees – in the name of productivity – are adopting new cloud and mobile applications every day.  IT – in the name of security – is trying keep private data secure against breaches. Both groups often think the other “doesn’t get it.”  Users complain about complex password policies, and security-related “hoops” they have to jump through.  IT complains about endless helpdesk calls for password resets, shadow IT introducing risk, and an inability to secure an ever-changing hybrid environment. But both groups have more common…

Solving DHS Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Phase 2

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) established a $6B blanket purchase agreement (BPA) to improve the cyber defenses for federal, state, local, tribal and territorial governments. The DHS Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program helps protect government IT networks from cyberthreats and enhances risk-based decision making by providing a consistent and proven set of solutions. Centrify is the selected solution for CDM Phase 2 CRED that ensures all federal agency associates only have access to servers, applications or network resources based on their unique identity, role and responsibility within their organization. Centrify Server Suite offers a robust Active Directory bridge…

Centrify Crushes Competition for Mac Management via Microsoft Active Directory

In a November 7th Network World article, reviewer Tom Henderson evaluated three different solutions for managing Macs inside a Microsoft Active Directory environment. We look forward to reviews like this due to their ability to illustrate the strengths of our Mac solution from a third-party perspective, and to show customers exactly how we stack up against the competition — on top! Early in the review, Henderson noted that Centrify allows for the direct control of “virtually everything in the Systems Preferences app of our Macs.” In fact, we support over 300 policies for managing Mac configuration and security settings including…

Why is Single Sign-on for Mobile Applications Important?

The Growing Threat of Mobile Malware The world’s projected population by 2020 is 7.8 billion people. By 2020, the expectation is that the population will have 11.6 billion mobile-connected devices, more than 1 device per person. As a result, mobile malware is becoming an increasing threat as cybercriminals seize the opportunity to access personal information for monetary gain and damage to both personal and business reputation. The proliferation of mobile devices has meant that mobile security risks are growing by the day, and businesses are recognising the increased threats they present to sensitive information as more and more companies allow…

Five Steps to Stay Secure in the Mobile Age

Least surprising note of the day: I am a huge geek. See my picture up there? Nerd beard. Enough said. My current geek obsession is focused on mobile devices. I just upgraded my fantastic and near-new Google Nexus 6P to a Google Pixel XL. Why? Because NEW PHONE. And Google AI Assistant. But mostly, NEW PHONE. And if you’re wondering, it is indeed a fantastic device, and of course it’s secured by Centrify. I had the new phone shipped to me here at work, so I could “move in” right away. As I compared the new and old devices, and…

How to Secure Your Mobile Device, In an Unsafe World

You’ve seen the news headlines, “900 Million Android Devices Vulnerable!” Which, at first glance seems pretty shocking — after all, that’s roughly half of all active Android devices. If you are like me though, this kind of news is becoming all too normal. It seems there is always some new hack, exploit or vulnerability. Before this, it was Stagefright – the vulnerability where an attacker could gain control of your device with just an MMS message. When it comes to mobile devices, there is a certain sensitivity. For most of us, if someone is able to gain control of our device,…