Verizon's annual Data Breach Investigative Report is out, adding in the resources of 19 law enforcement organizations from around the globe. While the report is a treasure trove of information about who is likely to be committing data breaches, it lacks data specific to breaches involving mobile devices.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More