Morning Security Brief: Mobile Security, Big Brother Chicago, DIY Militias, and More
Corporate security managers seek ways to secure mobile devices. A small village in Africa develops an effective self-defense strategy in lieu of government protection. Pakistan arrests informant who is believed to have helped CIA get Osama bin Laden. And more.
►The corporate workplace is quickly warming up to mobile devices to assist in every day tasks, but mobile security is the hard part. Network World reports that one of the main threats to security on corporate mobile devices is downloading apps with embedded viruses. “It’s a struggle with a technology created for individual use that’s ended up being an important tool for the workplace,” Tim Mathias, senior director of IT Security at Thomson Reuters told Network World. The article looks at how mobile devices are being used in the corporate workplace and the steps companies are taking to secure them.
A piece from Wired
examines the phenomenon of DIY militias in international conflict zones
with a profile of the residents of a small village in the Central African Republic. The village assembled its own scout force after repeat attacks from Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels. Using homemade shotguns and radio transmitters, the militia has held off major attacks from the LRA for three years. “The implications of Obo’s self-defense efforts are huge for vulnerable communities across Africa,” David Axe of Wired writes.
The United Kingdom’s National Health Service is searching for 12 laptops stolen from a research facility in London. The unencrypted laptop
contains sensitive records of 8.6 million people including details of mental illness and abortions, The Sun reports. “This laptop would be a devastating tool in the hand of a blackmailer,” it quotes an unnamed source as saying. Eight additional laptops that were also missing have been recovered.