Thursday, March 27, 2014

Android Security Remains a Glaring Problem: 10 Reasons Why

Android has grabbed an unassailable position in the mobile operating system market. In fact, some estimates put Android's global smartphone market share at 87 percent and rising. Most analysts believe that in a matter of years, Android will be as dominant in mobile as Windows was years ago in the desktop PC market. Google, through its partnerships with vendors, advertisers and application marketplaces, will benefit greatly from that.

But there's another far less positive parallel between Windows and Android that cannot be underestimated. According to the latest data from security firm F-Secure, 97 percent of all mobile malware targeted Android devices in 2013. In 2012 that figure stood at 79 percent. What's worse, the total number of malware signatures is on the rise. In 2012, the mobile firm identified 238 Android threats. Now, that figure stands at 804.

Those statistics, coupled with the ongoing concern among enterprise customers that no single security solution even comes close to solving the mobile world's troubles, should make just about anyone worry about Android security.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Boeing's Secure Black Smartphone: 10 Cool Features We All Might Want

Boeing, a company that is perhaps best known for its work in aviation and as a highly trusted U.S. government contractor, has unveiled a new smartphone it's calling, simply, Black. The handset, designed for U.S. and presumably allied intelligence agencies, will try to maximize device and data security while still providing agents in the field with reliable mobile connections. Boeing's Black smartphone highlights the impact cyber-security is having on governments around the world. Each day, it's believed that the United States and foreign governments like China are spying on government and corporate networks to gather strategic information. A hidden cyber-war is being waged, and the country that has the strongest tools might succeed in gaining an edge that could prove decisive in the event of conflict. This eWEEK slide show looks at the Boeing Black and what makes it such an interesting and potentially useful tool in the intelligence field. Admittedly, the following information is based only on what's been made publicly available. All of the specifications that make the Boeing Black valuable to the intelligence community will likely never see the light of day—at least not for years to come. - See more at: 3 Comments for "Boeing's Secure Black Smartphone: 10 Cool Features We All Might Want" AmericanPrivacysaid on March 5, 2014 03:00 pm NSA proof phone made in the USA? Yea Right. Between the Patriot Act and CISPA don't believe this for a second.And if NSA can tap into Google and others without them knowing it, then what would stop NSA from taking the data from Boeing which lifeline is and will remain government contracts. And Verizon as the carrier? Really they are already participating in the Prism program. Certain government officials here in the states already have a "hack-proof" phone and it is NOT available to the public. Visit for real solutions that reside in Switzerland. he Swiss specifically established a rate of privacy in their Constitution and reinforced it in their Data Protection Act which maintains that individuals and companies have a right to privacy in their electronic communications. DDG-12said on March 3, 2014 12:18 pm Right. That makes the game "spot the fed" like a child play - just pay attention on their handset. Agents will be compromised the second they pull it out of the pocket. nrmr44said on February 28, 2014 06:02 pm It is too obviously a Boeing Black. They should have made it look like an indigenous Chinese model.