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Discuss: The changing face of the Internet: Mobile and Security
June 9, 2011
9:31 pm
Richard
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Facilitator: Ross Hughson, Personal Information Management

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The Internet as we know it is constantly changing. An example is the rapid adoption of mobile technology and the legal and policy challenges of related tools such as location-based services. This session will explore the challenges businesses face in a mobile world, particularly from a security perspective.

 

June 17, 2011
7:06 am
Ross Hughson
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Hi all, I am looking forward to facilitating this session at the Hui. There is truly a massive shift happening in this space and lots of issues that need to be thought through as a result! According to IDC there were more smart phones (not even including standard phones) sold globally than PCs in 4Q 2010.  Also, we are not using these devices for just making phone calls – over 60% of the use of smart phones is for social networking, email, browsing the net, conducting business activity, listening to music, taking pictures and playing games.  There is significant information either stored, or emitted (e.g. Location and usage) or accessible from your smart phone. This creates many opportunities and benefits but what about the risks and issues?  

So let’s get some discussion going and hear what you think the issues are:

  • Have you updated your corporate mobile phone policy to include smart phones?
  • Are you allowing staff to use their personal phones on your corporate network?
  • Are you enforcing password protection of devices?
  • Who is liable for loss of corporate information on a personal smart phone, the individual or the corporate?
  • Have you updated your corporate security policy or code of conduct to cover Smart phones?
  • Are you ready to deal with viruses on smart phones?
  • How are you going to managing diversity of platform – iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows, the new HP WebOS etc.
  • How are we syncing corporate information on smart phones?
  • Are identity theft services worth the cost?
  • Are public Wi-Fi hotspots safe?
  • What are the top risks you see?
  • What are some good security solutions available to protect smart phones? 
  • What else?
June 21, 2011
7:58 pm
Ross Hughson
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As we are now doing more searching, browsing and social networking on our smart phones, the protection of personal information issues are basically becoming the same as general Internet issues. There have been many services and offerings emerging lately to help us in understanding what information we have on the internet and what our digital identity is.

Here are a few I have become aware of recently:

http://www.ghostery.com/  Ghostery has tags, web bugs, pixels and beacons that are included on web pages in order to get an idea of your online behaviour. Ghostery tracks the trackers and gives you a roll-call of the ad networks, behavioural data providers, web publishers, and other companies interested in your activity.

Another service that is getting good airplay in the US is http://www.spokeo.com The catch phrase on the home page is “Not your Grandma’s White Pages”. You enter your name and it supposedly will trawl the net to see what is out there about you. It did not return anything about me so either it only works in the USA or I have no online identity?   

http://www.reputation.com  - They aim to help businesses and consumers control their online lives.  They have a range of product offerings that they offer for a fee from UDS$4 – 15 per month (or they will discount it if you
sign up for five years!) This one is backed by some serious venture capitalists.

http://www.privacychoice.com offers a product called Trackerblock which puts you in control of which companies track you. For
you Firefox fans, there is a browser add on from this company  https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/trackerblock/

 

I have also just seen that this week Google has launched a new service called “Me On The Web”. It is a component of the Google Dashboard that allows you to set up custom Google Alerts for mentions of your name or email address in news articles. In addition, it offers tips and resources for helping to monitor and control your online identity. Has anyone used this and have any comment on it?

 

All these services seem very new but are in response to the need in the market place for people to protect their personal Information and online identity. I am sure we will see more such products emerge.

 

So, should corporates be making use of these services to see what is being said of their senior executives, their employees? Should individuals? Are they neccessary? Are they worth paying for? Let's hear your thoughts please.

 

 

June 25, 2011
1:25 pm
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Here is link to a relevant Mobile and Security article.  Outlines a “Holy Trinity” of mobile security and ranks mobiles in terms of their relative levels of security.

http://searchmobilecomputing.t.....y-overview

 

 

July 28, 2011
9:36 am
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Thanks for the discussion at the Hui.  It was suggested that we make this a space for discussion on the issue of policy for the bring your own technology (BYOT) debate.  A place for you to post your thoughts and questions or even sample policies you have that are either working or not. Lets all work together on this so we all do not have to reinvent the wheel.

 

As a starter, here are some links to articles I have seen on this topic that may be relevant. Feel free to add more.

 

http://www.technewsworld.com/r.....70826.html

http://www.infotech.com/sem/mo.....odqiV-WA 

http://www.techrepublic.com/bl.....tices/1935

 

 

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