Protecting IoT devices

How to protect IoT devices connected to the Internet and keep them secure

IoT is the acronym of Internet of Things, and this term defines a network where devices, sensors, objects, people and animals are equipped with a univocal ID and are capable of exchanging data through the Internet without needing a direct man-machine interaction. The idea was born from the convergence of wireless technologies and the availability of sensors and tools that are more and more small, evoluted and cheap.

This is what we wrote about IoT in our “Word of the Day” column.

On a practical side, IoT is made up by all devices connected to the Internet, and the list is very extended, as we can infer from a quick search on Shodan, the research engine for IoT devices.
A consequence of being connected to the Network is the chance of being hacked, which is not remote at all: the risk is about devices being infected and added to a botnet used for illegal stuff, like DDoS attacks, malware distribution, spam campaigns and things like these.

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Cortado MDM

In this article we will deal with mobile devices -smartphones and tables- by analyzing Cortado Corporate Server, a commercial product that helps MSP and IT professionals to manage the integration between personal and business devices, be it pure BYOD or situations where the company provides employees and collaborators with devices.

Overview and characteristics
This kind of software is commonly referred to as EMM, or Enterprise Mobility Management, and offers some common features: centralized management of mobile devices (MDM, or Mobile Device Management), management of installed applications, (MAM – Mobile Application Management) and management of on-board data and during the transmission. In addition to these three main characteristics, there are other useful features like secure access and sharing of files and, in the specific case of Cortado, printing straight from the device.

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Complete mobile devices protection with Mobile Threat Protection

Interview with Michael Shaulov – Head of Mobility Product Management at Check Point Software

During last Mobile World Congress we had a brief chat with Michael Shaulov, responsible for the Mobile section at Check Point and founder at Lacoon, the company -now owned by Check Point- that developed the attack prevention technologies now integrated in the Mobile Threat Protection packet.

Good day Michael, we are here at the MWC and everybody talks about mobile, but a recurring theme in our interviews is security. Which is the natural habit of Check Point…

Sure, Check Point with its products covers all possible needs in terms of security, from endpoint protection to messaging, up to mobile, naturally. Our products offer an integrated experience for whichever device you work with and in particular mobile device protection -which is more and more difficult and actual, also given the context we are talking about- is one of our points of strength.

How was the integration of the product developed by Lacoon, where you come from, and the world of Check Point?

Very well, actually. Today the package called Mobile Threat Protection is perfectly integrated with the Check Point offer and in particular with the products of the Check Point Capsule family, which offer an integrated and completely separated user experience also in a BYOD context.

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Cloud's future is hybrid, according to HPE - Interview with Jorge Colotto of HPE

Cloud's future is hybrid, according to HPE

Jorge Colotto, VP Communications Service Providers, talks about HPE and the choice of adopting OpenNFV solutions and open technology standards.

During our visit at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, we also stopped at the Hewlett Packard Enterprise stand, the new company born from the recent split of HP in two parts. Regardless HPE being a smaller company than HP, its presence at MWC is massive, a whole lotta 3 stands, of which one is dedicated to NFV (Network Function Virtualization) partners.

We have interviewed Jorge L. Colotto, VP Communications Service Providers Industry, and talked about some of the news of this MWC and its point of view regarding the IT world.

Jorge, what are the points of reference for the new HPE in this world that is ever shifting towards the mobile sphere? In a world that is more and more addressing towards IT, like Telco’s, do you believe that security is sufficiently taken into account?

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IoT as a tool for companies - Interview with James Maynard of Fujitsu

IoT as a tool for companies

Interview with James Maynard of Fujitsu to talk about the potentialities of the Internet of Things as a way to improve safety and data analysis in professional environments.

IoT is an actual and important theme that, unfortunately, is only considered within the consumer sphere. Examples are several: a digital scale that is connected to the Internet and saves data, an appliance that upgrades its washing programmes or independently calls for support, and so forth.
In our interview with James Maynard (Offering Management Director Global IoT & Innovation of Fujitsu) at MWC we’ve instead talked about an IoT conceived not just for an appliance or a gadget, but also for the business world, with a particular carefulness about the concept of safety.

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