Cisco doubles down on Internet of Things strategy, introduces IoT Threat Defense

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"This is an amazing year," Chuck Robbins, CEO of Cisco, proclaimed before the audience at the Cisco Internet of Things World Forum in London this morning. "This is the year where we're talking about how to put this into action. We really did move from great vision slides and talking about what's possible, and we saw more and more examples of how this is happening."

No prizes for guessing the topic of conversation. According to Cisco's own research, only 26% of enterprise IoT...

By James Bourne, 23 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Security.

How WannaCry demonstrates the dangers of homogeneous, unpatched networks

Whenever history seemed to repeat itself, my Granny used to quip, “same song, different verse.” As the WannaCry (WNCRY) ransomware spread like wildfire in a dry forest, I heard the familiar refrain and discordant notes of previous worms: Blaster (2003), Welchia “Nachi” (2003), and Conflicker (2008). Each of these worms spread via well known flaws in Microsoft Windows for which patches were already available. Why then, after a decade and a half, are we still seeing worms spreading via...

By MobileIron, 18 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Microsoft.

The anatomy of an IoT solution: Three layers to success

The pace of new technology becoming available is coming at organisations fast – and it’s only going to get quicker. IT leaders are under pressure to not only get up to speed on what new technology is best for the business but to also ramp it up into operations.

In this data-driven age, innovation often means incorporating new technologies like blockchain, the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine learning. Specifically for IoT, McKinsey estimates that IoT could generate $11.1 trillion a year in...

By Hans de Visser, 15 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

Cisco Jasper moves IoT and EMM closer with mobility management platform release

Enterprise Internet of Things (IoT) provider Cisco Jasper has announced the launch of Control Center for Mobile Enterprise, which aims to automate the management of enterprise mobile services and devices.

The service, which is an extension of the company’s current Control Center product, aims to provide enterprises with faster delivery of services, alongside lower operational costs and predictable telecom bills.  

The move certainly makes sense from a strategic standpoint. Having built up more than...

By James Bourne, 27 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

The enterprise manager’s checklist: Getting to grips with DDoS attacks and the botnet army

Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks jumped into the mainstream consciousness last year after several high-profile cases - one of the largest and most widely reported being the Dyn takedown in October 2016. While not necessarily a new threat - they have in fact been around since the late ‘90s - the Dyn takedown is an interesting example as it used poorly secured IoT devices to coordinate the attack.  

When you consider that by 2020 it is predicted...

By Ingo Schneider, 26 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Malware, Security.

We’re not worried about AI…it will allow us to work more flexibly, say employees

Two pieces of research have hit this publication’s inbox which give a further indication to the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) among businesses and employees. A study from Adecco found that almost half of employees (48%) surveyed believed AI would enable them to work more flexibly, while research from Rocket Fuel argued the majority of millennials say it can help brands in terms of informing better buying decisions.

The Adecco research, which polled 1,000 board level executives and 1,000 workers...

By James Bourne, 25 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, IoT, Productivity.

Is it time to drop the ‘m’ in mobile application management?

For most of our life as a company, we’ve lived in the Mobile Application Management, or MAM, space. 

Not any more. 

Increasingly, we see our future as dependent on dropping the “M.” We’re not just dealing with mobile application management now. We’re dealing with application management at large. 

What this means, of course, is that companies are shifting their focus from using applications only on mobile phones to increase employee...

By App47, 25 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, MAM.

Key network strategies for the connected enterprise: DDoS protection, IoT, and more

Successful rollout of enterprise digital transformation continues to be a mixed bag. We continue to see the explosive increase in connected devices (the IoT phenomenon) and large advances in application capabilities to improve enterprise productivity. But we’ve also seen the challenges of securely implementing these technologies potentially delaying greater enterprise adoption.

Security certainly became the hottest issue in late 2016 in the aftermath of high-profile attacks. The

By Joe Raccuglia, 30 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Security.

Cisco Jasper announces NB-IoT trial completion, connected car partnerships, and more

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MWC Cisco Jasper certainly made an impact at last year’s Mobile World Congress, and this year is no different, with the company making a plethora of announcements around the Internet of Things (IoT), connected cars, and wearables.

First, the bread and butter business cases: Cisco announced this morning that Cisco Jasper had completed live trials of narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) on its Control Center platform, which the company claims makes it one of the first to succeed in this area.

As defined

By James Bourne, 28 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Wearables.

CenturyLink dips its toes into EMM waters with IBM MaaS360 offering

Communications provider CenturyLink has announced the launch of an enterprise mobility management (EMM) offering giving its customers 24x7x365 support alongside enhanced productivity and reduced security risks.

The company is utilising EMM based on IBM MaaS360 which ‘enables network administrators to deploy devices, deliver productivity apps and enable secure content collaboration on personal or corporate-owned devices with CenturyLink’s onboarding support, service level agreements and technical...

By James Bourne, 24 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Productivity.

MobileIron launches Internet of Things division, brings in ‘VP IoT’ to head up

Enterprise mobility management (EMM) software provider MobileIron has launched a new Internet of Things (IoT) division in its company to help customers make more sense of their implementations across the entire technology lifecycle.

The announcement, made at the firm’s analyst outing earlier today, puts more emphasis on MobileIron’s IoT play. The company cited a Bain & Company report which argues IoT vendor revenue could exceed $470 billion by 2020, while adding that its standard-based and...

By James Bourne, 22 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

Why enterprises who keep their IT models static will face trouble ahead

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IT staff are spending more than 30% of their time on new service requests and resolving issues and only 15% of their time allocated to innovation, according to a new piece of research by Dimension Data.

The move represents a year on year decline by 25%, which represents a warning sign, the company argues; enterprises who don’t evolve their IT models and innovate within them, with the demand for improving customer engagement and the need to crunch ever greater amounts of data rising,...

By James Bourne, 01 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Employees, IoT.

2017’s anticipated attacks for CIOs: DDoS, IoT, and more

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Along with well wishes, this New Year we have been inundated with warnings from experts and journalists that 2017 will entail an upsurge of DDoS, IoT and Ransomware attacks that will exceed by far 2016’s record. So with warnings must come action – which is where we propose that prevention is the best form of defence.

2016 saw some of the most well-established and public facing companies as the target of cyber criminals attacks, the most notable being the Yahoo hack which...

By Mike Hemes, 25 January 2017, 1 comment. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Security.

Why healthcare is a vulnerable sector for cyber attack – and what can be done about it

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2017 is set to feature greater attacks on internet security; the broad adoption of IoT seen to be easily compromised coupled with data often held on legacy systems is likely to capture attention.

Healthcare represents one of the sectors vulnerable to IoT attacks. As more and more people adopt smart wearables and mobile apps tracking fitness the bank of hackable data for cyber criminals is growing and the value of the information is increasing which makes attacking more rewarding....

By Duncan Hughes, 17 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, IoT, Security.

IoT and mobility: The two main pillars of digital disruption

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By Chris Hale, Vice President of Marketing, Stratix Corporation

The lines have blurred between two massive technology forces driving changes in businesses everywhere: Internet of Things and mobility.

For example, what’s considered a “device”?  In the realm of enterprise mobility, we think mainly of smartphones and tablets equipped with apps and Internet connectivity. Smartphones are packed with sensors that collect data on location, orientation, acceleration,...

By Stratix, 05 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Security.

451 Research: Seven in 10 enterprise IT buyers collecting IoT data

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More than seven in 10 enterprises polled by analyst firm 451 Research say they are gathering IoT data – but security and a perceived lack of return on investment remain major stumbling blocks.

The company’s latest figures, which come from the most recent Voice of the Enterprise: Internet of Things Organisational Dynamics survey, polled almost 1,000 enterprise IT buyers and found the number of firms looking at IoT data went up to its highest number, up three percentage...

By James Bourne, 03 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

Enterprise mobility in 2016: The year in review

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As we say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017, the first week of the year provides an appropriate time to look back at the previous 12 months, and the key stories which influenced the enterprise mobility sector during that time.

Rather than detailing the most important stories of the year chronologically as in previous years, this time Enterprise AppsTech is looking at the biggest hitters from 2016 in five key emerging areas:

App standardisation

One of the biggest stories of 2016 was undoubtedly the...

By James Bourne, 03 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

Will IoT change the face of enterprise mobility?

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The world of enterprise mobility has already undergone significant change in the last few years. With so many devices in the workplace today, assuming control over all employee devices with an MDM approach would be nigh impossible. Instead, many companies have moved to MAM, which focuses on securing and managing applications rather than assuming full control of smartphones and laptops.

In a new article for ComputerWorld, writer Peter Fretty suggests that

By App47, 14 November 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

Orange Business Services to collaborate on enterprise IoT in Brazil

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Orange has announced a collaboration with Brazilian mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Porto Seguro Conecta in order to provide and support enterprise IoT projects in the South American country.

The collaboration, which comes through Orange Business Services, the company’s B2B arm, helps give Orange leverage for IoT, with Porto Seguro Conecta being used for tracking car alarms, residential alarms, and other applications. Orange adds it manages 10 million connected...

By James Bourne, 10 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

BlackBerry elaborates on ‘Enterprise of Things’ strategy with latest Android launch

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BlackBerry has announced the launch of the DTEK60 phone, the latest in its series of secure Android devices and another indicator of its software-centric current strategy.

The DTEK60 is the second device in the Android series, with features including a 5.5” Quad HD display, fingerprint sensor, and a smart keyboard which aims to learn from its users. The phone is also FIPS 140-2 compliant, comes with Android for Work and Google Play for Work as well as offering full enterprise...

By James Bourne, 25 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT.