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Businesses See Mobility As Part Of Continuity Plan

June 25, 2014

Business are more keen on the importance of mobile security than previously thought, and see mobile as part of their business continuity plan.

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At&t Wants To Put Security Rings Around Things

June 25, 2014

Gartner 2013 Security & Risk Summit — In a talk on the threat landscape as seen by a mobile network carrier, Michael Singer of at&t said that in security "you do one thousand things right and nothing happens—you have to accept this as success."

He said that based on his perspective, 2012 was about customers finally becoming aware of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. Although attacks, where the bad actors try to flood a particular service with bogus packets of data, are well-known, he said there have been recent advances. Attacks on Layer 7 or Volumetric attacks can be mitigated, but criminals are getting innovative. He said there have been several rather novel attacks of late although he didn't disclose what made them so.

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AT&T Ending 2G Support

June 24, 2014

AT&T will be ending mobile service to 2G-only phones within the next five years.

In a 10-Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), AT&T announced "We expect to fully discontinue service on our 2G networks by approximately January 1, 2017." The filing states that as of June 30, 2012, roughly 12 percent of AT&T customers were using 2G-only handsets.

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AT&T Jumps Into Home Automation

June 24, 2014

At this week's CTIA conference in New Orleans, La, AT&T announced Digital Life, it's home automation and security platform meant to rival Verizon's entry last year. Like Verizon's system, AT&T's will also support the Z-wave wireless protocol.

Digital Life is open-ended, meaning customers will be able to add a variety of thermostats, door locks, cameras, window and door sensors, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and power controls to the system. It will be sold through AT&T stores and online, but no date has been set. A test program currently exists in Dallas and Atlanta.

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Is Dish Network an Enterprise Security Threat?

June 24, 2014

In early January, Dish Networks Chairman Charles Ergen met with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski and other agency officials. According to Bloomberg News, Ergen was looking to buy the assets of DBSD North America Inc. and TerreStar Networks Inc. At issue are waivers, which AT&T and Verizon allege would change existing restrictions on airwave use.

There is also a potential security concern as well. If Dish Network gets FCC approval, it will acquire more satellite bandwidth to provide inexpensive data transmission to its customers. The caveat, according to Dan Neel of Endpoint Security is that a majority of that new communication space will be unencrypted. Neel states that Dish Network, like many consumer Internet providers, will simply leave the security of the signal to the end-user. And having your work-at-home employees use inexpensive consumer Internet services exposes your enterprise to potentially serious security issues.

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