Feeds

Good Tech: Windows is as secure as a rooted Android mobe

Is the mobile really less secure?

Top three mobile application threats

The world's not so far away from asking “why can't our laptops be as secure as our mobiles?”, according to Good Technology's John Herrema.

Visiting Australia last week for the Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit, Herrema told The Register it's time to challenge the idea that mobiles are intrinsically less secure than desktop / laptop machines.

“Every Windows laptop is essentially a rooted device,” he said.

And, as in the world of Windows, there's an increasing belief that some of those issues can be overcome at the hardware level. Harrama pointed to growing interest in the work of Trustonic and ARM's TrustZone as important developments for mobile security.

Herrema agreed that SCADA security over recent years has given the idea of “baking-in” security a bad name, since if (for example) undocumented factory accounts can emerge as permanent features. However, he said, there's an important difference: the life cycle of the kit.

SCADA systems are, on the whole, big and expensive investments that stay in place for years – and so do any vulnerabilities they carry. On the other hand, Herrema said, mobiles are turned over every 12 to 18 months.

“If you look at the embedded security that's in large industrial machinery costing multi millions of dollars, thats a different issue.

“So you have to be prepared to look at the probability of a compromise. You can more than manage the risk-reward profile.” At the worst, an intractable hardware security problem might mean “you have to replace the device”. ®

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

More from The Register

next story
Virgin Media so, so SORRY for turning spam fire-hose on its punters
Hundreds of emails flood inboxes thanks to gaffe
A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally
Breakfast in London, lunch in NYC, and your clothes in Peru
AT&T threatens to pull out of FCC wireless auctions over purchase limits
Company wants ability to buy more spectrum space in auction
Turnbull leaves Australia's broadband blackspots in the dark
New Statement of Expectations to NBN Co offers get-out clauses for blackspot builds
Facebook claims 100 MEEELLION active users in India
Who needs China when you've got the next billion in your sights?
Facebook splats in-app chat, whacks brats into crack yakety-yak app
Jibber-jabbering addicts turfed out just as Zuck warned
Google looks to LTE and Wi-Fi to help it lube YouTube tubes
Bandwidth hogger needs tube embiggenment if it's to succeed
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.