Sophos at Mobile World Congress: Hacking mobile devices and the Internet of Things (Video)

MWC15-bannerThe security of mobile devices and the Internet of Things is surprisingly lax, especially compared to traditional desktops. James Lyne, global head of security research at Sophos, proved just how insecure these devices really are, in a presentation at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

In his live demonstration, James demonstrated tricks that a modestly talented cybercriminal could use to compromise mobile devices and Internet-connected closed-circuit cameras (CCTV).

In our video below, you can watch James hack into an Android tablet over Wi-Fi to record video and audio, and see how insecure CCTV cameras that use weak or no passwords can be breached from the other side of the world.

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The top 3 ways public sector orgs benefit from IT security vendor consolidation

uk-public-sector-150Public sector organisations face constant pressure to provide crucial services within tight budgets. Even essential items like IT security can come under the budget boss’s knife.

At Sophos, we believe you can reduce the cost of IT security, see greater efficiencies, and save time – without compromising on the quality of protection.

Here are three big ways public sector organisations – from local governments and schools to police, fire and emergency services – can benefit from consolidation with Sophos.

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Sophos products and the GHOST vulnerability affecting Linux

nsgIn the last couple of days, a widespread Linux vulnerability known as GHOST has been receiving a lot of attention in the security community. In theory, this vulnerability can allow an attacker to remotely execute code on a Linux computer. There is already proof of concept code that puts this theory into practice, and it is expected that real world attacks are just around the corner.

The Sophos product teams have been thoroughly investigating to determine which of our products are affected and what is necessary to address those that are.

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Why security is failing #3: It lacks coordination

cloud-150Last week, I posited that the security industry is, by and large, failing to meet the needs of today’s businesses. I introduced two reasons for this failure: security solutions are incomplete, and security is overly complex.

Today, I’ll wrap up with the third challenge businesses face: inconsistent and uncoordinated security.

While attackers continue to evolve and become more sophisticated, security technology struggles to keep up. How else to explain the 48% increase in the number of security incidents reported by businesses worldwide in 2014 compared to the year before?

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