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IT Lessons From iCloud: The Increasing Need For File-Centric Security

I don’t need to tell you about the Apple iCloud hack: the lurid details have been exhaustively documented elsewhere. However, I do want to tell you what your organisation should take away from it: it is critical to think about the security of your information at the file-level, rather than the device level. Data-centric protection is critically important, particularly in business, and particularly for files, whether they are selfies or strategy PowerPoints. With the relentless growth of Dropbox and iCloud, the walls around the typical organisation have disappeared. The only solution is to build new walls around the data itself. For a long time, information security groups like the Jericho Forum have worked to help organisations understand that their firewalls were no longer protecting thei......

REVIEW: Apple iPhone 6

Google’s Android mobile operating system looks unbeatable, due to its low-cost services and frequently updated software that remains attractive to hardware makers, operators and users worldwide. With iOS, Windows and BlackBerry all seeing a drop in market share, is Apple’s latest flagship smartphone still able to compete in an increasingly frugal marketplace? 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE IPHONE 6 It’s tough being a mobile OS developer. According to Strategy Analytics, Android’s market share rose from 81.4 percent in Q3 2013 to 83.6 percent this year, while Apple’s market share fell year on year from 13.4 percent to 12.3 percent. Microsoft’s Windows Phone also had a rough quarter, claiming 3.3 percent of the smartphone market in Q3, down from 4.1 ......

What Does The Apple Watch Mean For The Future Of Wearable Tech?

Smartwatches have been around for some time with numerous smartwatch products currently available on the market. The main recent development is the range of smart watches that connect and integrate closely with smartphones. Samsung, LG, Sony and Pebble have all made increasingly advanced devices over the last year. Even Switzerland’s largest watch maker, Swatch, and the Japanese giant, Casio, are looking into smartwatches. Despite all the activity from manufacturers, it is still early days and widespread adoption is some time away. Consumers are still learning what it is that a smartwatch can offer. The unveiling of Apple Watch on the 9th September has no doubt been significant. Apple has a long history of making technology appeal to consumers. It drove forward the market for MP3 players, ......

Revisiting 2014’s Top Tech Predictions

Back in January I outlined my predictions on the hottest tech changes I expected to see in 2014. With the year well advanced, I examine how these technologies have developed and what challenges and opportunities have emerged. 1. Bring-Your-Own-Wearables (BYOW) I predicted that 2014 would be the year that employees began to bring their own wearable technology to work. While the pace of adoption has been slower than expected, manufacturers have made great strides in turning wearable technology from an enterprise security liability into a genuine business asset. In January I optimistically said that adoption of wearables would increase as organisations realise the benefits to their employees’ productivity. While this has yet to materialise, manufacturers have been working hard to turn the hyp......

Tapping Into The Power Of Beacons

The entire planet is going mobile with almost 4.5 billion mobile phones and 1.75 billion smartphones, according to a report by eMarketer. As the planet plugs into mobile a new generation of apps is changing how we consume media, how we shop, how we spend our time and how we communicate with ourselves and others. Traditional mass media will soon be overshadowed by mobile and according to research company, Nielsen, 89% of consumer media time is now spent in mobile apps. The introduction of beacon technology creates another promising superpower to the mobile line-up. Beacon is a two part technology. The first part consists of beacon devices which businesses can install into stores, stadiums, museums and so on. These beacons can communicate with iOS or Android devices that have the relevant ap......

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

Tablets are a very popular personal viewing device for enjoying content at home and when travelling. They even run some great business software too, making them useful when there isn’t the need for the full functionality of a desktop PC or laptop. With the Galaxy Tab S (from £349), Samsung’s flagship Android-powered tablet sets the industry bar higher. 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE GALAXY TAB S The Google Android 4.4 (Kitkat) powered Samsung Galaxy Tab S is available in a choice of two screen sizes (10.5- and 8.4-inch) and two colours (“Titanium Bronze” or “Dazzling White”). It also comes in a variety of connectivity options (Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi/LTE) and internal storage options (16- or 32GB). Should more storage be required at a later date, all models......

Tinder, Porn And Illegal Downloading: An Average Day For A Corporate Device

Smartphones and tablets are now integral to business. They underpin mobile working, which in turn boosts productivity and enables the flexible working patterns that are helping businesses attract top staff, keep people motivated and drive efficiencies throughout organisations. Many businesses provide their employees with top of the range smartphones and tablets, meaning consumer communication tools have rapidly become part of enterprise and SMB collaboration ecosytems. Nominally, these devices are for emails and secure enterprise apps. However, some of the best-known uses are also Skype, WhatsApp, Google Hangouts, Apple’s FaceTime and Facebook Messenger. All of these contribute to a portfolio of communications tools that help tap into a consumer landscape where everything is instant, colla......

The Death Of MDM?

More of us are using our personal smartphones for work. The good news is that employees tend to be more productive and efficient. The bad news is that proprietary business data is increasingly at risk. To solve this, companies have introduced mobile device management (MDM) solutions that secure the smartphones and tablets that employees bring to work, providing secure access to business applications and data. But the traditional MDM solution may not survive given the growing concern over user privacy. At the same time, mobile device operating systems are evolving to deliver much better security for both privacy control and data protection. Employees are starting to rebel against MDM. One of the biggest concerns is that an MDM solution has nearly complete control over the device and users e......

REVIEW: Dell XPS 11 2-in-1 Ultrabook

The thinnest, lightest and most compact 2-in-1 Ultrabook to include a Quad HD display, the Dell XPS 11 is about as sexy as mobile computing currently gets. It’s not without its faults and limitations, but the XPS 11 is a very good device for staying connected, creating, sharing and accessing content on the move from within a secure Windows 8 environment. 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE DELL XPS 11 The XPS 11 is available in two models. Each comes with a 4th Generation Intel Core i5 4210Y processor, 4GB RAM (DDR3 1,600MHz), Intel HD Graphics 4200, 11.6-inch LED backlit touch display with a QHD resolution, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, WiDi 3.0, 40WHr battery, and Windows 8.1 (64-bit). Adding an extra £100 (ex. VAT) to the base model (£699 ex. VAT) doubles the mSATA SSD storage t......

Embedding Security In The Internet Of Things

If you haven’t encountered the phrase before, the Internet of Things refers to the expanding network of interconnected, internet-enabled devices. Driven by miniaturisation, the affordability of components such as cheap Bluetooth sensors, and the growing ubiquity of technologies such as Wi-Fi, it is now possible to connect devices in a way that would never have previously been thought possible. Our Increasingly Connected Lives To give you an idea of scale, this means that controllers for central heating, lighting, a variety of household appliances from the fridge to your home security system, your satellite TV box, desktop, laptop, mobile and tablet all have the potential to be talking to each other, communicating to a variety of third parties, and to be controlled from a centralised device......

REVIEW: Google Nexus 7 (Version 2)

Now thinner, lighter and faster than 2012’s model, Google’s Nexus 7 brings an exemplary mix of power and portability in a 7-inch tablet format. It’s not an all-encompassing multimedia powerhouse, but the Nexus 7 really can’t be beaten on value if you’re after a compact and robust Android-powered tablet. 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE GOOGLE NEXUS 7 Google currently offers two different Android-powered tablets, both of which can be purchased from your favourite retailer or directly from the Google Play Store. The 7-inch Nexus 7 (£199/16GB, £239/32GB) and the 10-inch Nexus 10 (£319/16GB, £389/32GB) look similar, but are made by different manufacturers – ASUS and Samsung, respectively. All come with Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and dual-band Wi-Fi, but 4G LTE i......

REVIEW: Lantronix xPrintServer Office Edition

The BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) phenomenon has created havoc for IT managers, especially when it comes to printing. The xPrintServer Office Edition (£125 ex. VAT), the newest member of Lantronix’s xPrintServer family, is designed specifically for office use and allows users to print from Apple iOS devices to any USB or network printer. It’s a painless solution, but is not without its limitations. 10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE LANTRONIX XPRINTSERVER If you’ve managed to grab yourself an Apple iOS product on expenses, now is the time to justify it. An easy mobile printing solution for an iPad or iPhone, the xPrintServer Office Edition enables printing directly from the native print menu of the device to virtually any existing network-connected or USB printers without any app......