This is the latest in a monthly series highlighting insights by Kevin O’Brien and Eric Chaves, CloudLock Enterprise Solutions Architects, into topics like cloud information security, Google Apps news, industry trends and more. Check out this month’s wrap up of expert insights and links to the articles in which they appeared below.
By Tom’s Guide Staff and Kevin O’Brien – September 20, 2013
Kevin O’Brien, currently working with the cloud security vendor CloudLock Inc. as an enterprise security architect, has been part of the security community for more than a decade. O”Brien contributed this article to Tom”s Guide”s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.
With iOS 7 released this week, the security community has been reflecting on the impact of Apple”s new fingerprint authentication mechanism that comes as part of the iPhone 5s” hardware, weighing the consequences for both data integrity and personal privacy that ubiquitous biometrics will bring.
Like many in the industry, I watched Apple present the technology on a darkened stage earlier this month, and as an outsize digit appeared behind him on the presentation screen, I listened to Phil Shiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple, make the pitch for scanning each user”s finger as a login mechanism. Apple”s core message was not complicated: More than half of the mobile users they surveyed admitted to not using any type of lock code on their devices, citing inconvenience as the reason for allowing their data to go unsecured should they lose direct physical control of their phones. By integrating a scanner into the primary button on the device, Cupertino”s designers planned to enhance mobile security for those users, leveraging what Morelli described as “a key we have with us everywhere we go.”
Webcam Maker Takes FTC’s Heat for Internet-of-Things Security Failure
By Richard Adhikari – September 5, 2013
How the Cloud Can Save Businesses Money
By Samantha Murphy Kelly – September 6, 2013
Still going rogue in the cloud
By Taylor Armerding – September 11, 2013
Massive Hack on Vodafone Germany Affects 2 Million Users
By Jennifer Leclaire – September 12, 2013
How “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Got Encryption Right – and Wrong
By Jill Scharr – September 27, 2013
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