Apple’s Fingerprint Scanner: Claims, Concerns, and Implications – Mobile Device Security Series 2 of 3

Apple’s making a lot of claims about how well they securely store that fingerprint and who can access it and what’s actually being stored. Nobody’s ever been really too deeply verify any of this yet. We do have a few hints from patent filings, from documentation of the company that makes the sensor, documentation of the trust zone technology that Apple says they’re using to store. Apple really put quite a bit of engineering effort into this, so they claim a couple of things.

Totally Unmanageable Code In 8 Easy Steps

Application development is really important, but rarely funny. This developer’s list of simple steps to make your application code totally unmanageable is the exception.

Application programming is really important, but it’s rarely very funny. Software developers are the freemasons of the digital age. And that makes application development … well … masonry. And that’s not typically the stuff of the late night talk shows.

Biometrics and Fingerprint Scanner Applications – Mobile Device Security Series 1 of 3

Did you know that 30-50% of people choose not to use any sort of passcode on their smartphones? The inconvenience that comes with typing in a long passcode means users are willing to put their mobile lives at risk. Apple has attempted to solve this problem by creating a fingerprint scanning application that allows for convenience and security without compromise. With this type of technology on the rise, users may be wondering how it works and if this type of passcode is really safer. In part 1 of our Apple fingerprint technology series, Jared Carlson and Darren Meyer, both senior security researchers at Barracuda, discuss this type of technology and what it means for mobile security.

Government and Software Security – Talking Code Part 7

How does the federal government differ from common enterprises when it comes to software security? Our trio breaks down the differences. The most thought provoking discussion comes around the question “Can we get a PCI for application security?,” referencing the success that PCI compliance has had in helping security measures in its narrow scope.

Google’s Cash Helps To Clean Up Open Source Commons

Open source has worked its way into a stunning array of commercial and free technology products. Now Google is using its bank account to help improve the security of the underlying code.

The problem is serious enough to prompt OWASP to make room on its Top 10 for third party software components. Veracode’s own Chris Wysopal recently argued that the prospect of NSA “back doors” in common technology were a lot less of a privacy concern than run of the mill vulnerabilities in shared code.

Does Apple Fingerprint Scanning Technology = Good Mobile Security?

Mobile devices are extremely interesting for attackers because they hold a digital representation of our lives.

Every application that resides on our devices contains information on some aspect of our lives. What games we play, who we talk to, where we work, what utilities make our lives easier are all captured in our mobile devices. Anyone armed with this information can mimic our digital lives to friends, family, colleagues and corporate systems.

The ability to mimic your life is valuable to a variety of people. A marketing department that can mimic your life will get better at selling you things.

O Budget Where Art Thou? Getting Application Security Funded With BSIMM

The first hurdle to running any successful Application Security program is getting it adequately funded. This should come as no great surprise to anyone. Software security is no different than any other IT initiative. Even a willing security team who has considered the ways needs to find the means, and that involves making a compelling case to those that hold the purse strings.

Uncle Sam Needs A Fail Whale

The failure of online exchanges to cope with the onslaught of millions of taxpayers anxious to buy healthcare shouldn’t be a surprise, say web application security experts. What is surprising is that Uncle Sam didn’t see it coming.

Common Mobile Malware Types: Cybersecurity 101

The amount and variety of mobile malware programs targeting smartphone and tablet users is significant and growing at an alarming rate. This blog post will explain the common types of malicious programs targeting mobile platforms, and provide a brief description of each.

Mobile malware first emerged as early as 2004 targeting the Symbian OS, but exploded in 2011 when computer security pros reported a new incident on the Android platform every few weeks. These nefarious programs either install themselves or are installed on the device by unwitting mobile users…

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