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Category: Mobile Device Management

The Sopranos and Wireless Security?

I came across this little tidbit from Computerworld regarding the FBI’s Top 10 posts in cyber criminal operations. I have to admit, that while aware of the security risks presently facing companies, it seems that every other day more information is presented that makes me think “These people will stop at nothing.” But, that’s exactly the point.

It’s a completely accurate assessment and when you read reports like this, it becomes even more apparent. It’s probably safe to assume that when cyber criminal rings start delegating specific jobs/positions as most legit organizations do, they aren’t just going to back down when they see opportunities that might take a few more resources to compromise than usual.

My mind keeps racing to a smokey backroom, reminiscent of something out of the Sopranos, but instead of a pool table and stacks of stolen merchandise, we see a complex set-up of computers, servers and hackers searching for their next cyber targets. Now, to my best knowledge, I know of no HBO pilot in the works about a ring of cyber thugs who prey on poorly secured wireless networks and mobile devices, but it is nonetheless some scary stuff. Just another reminder that you can never be too tight with your security policies, I guess.

Datalogic/Avalanche Video via POS of America

Just came across this Datalogic/Avalanche video via POS of America. Thought everyone might like it… enjoy!

Some Information Nuggets From the Road

We are on the road much of this week attending some conferences, but I wanted to respond to a question that we routinely were asked during our Avalanche 5.0 Webinars last week. So, in between sips of coffee and this fine, fine hotel bagel, I’ll answer a question we had with regards to the mapping tool.

Mapping feature available in Avalanche 5.0

Enhanced WWAN capabilities via new Mapping Feature

Several people wanted to know if  customers or end-users have to purchase a license through a 3rd party mapping solution, or if the feature is hosted/built in to the Avalanche 5 cost. The answer is rather short, but there is no additional charge for the mapping functionality and there are no 3rd parties involved at all.

Anyway, you can preview Avalanche 5 and also learn more on the mapping feature if you missed the Webinars. We’ll be back later in the week with a new Tech Tip, since you all seemed to like the last one so much (highest views for a post yet). If you have any questions that you’d like asked, let us know!

Good Webcast From VDC Research

We sat in on a webcast from VDC research the other day, and I think you’ll find it very informative and interesting. The webcast, titled “Will Market Interest in Mobile Managed Services Convert to Customer Contracts for Mobile Managed Services in 2010?”, explores the topic of mobile managed services and you can download the slides, or view the recorded webcast here. Check it out and tell us what you think.

Wavelink Tech Tip: Localizing CESecure with a Universal yet Local Server Test.

We ran into an interesting challenge recently, trying to configure Wavelink Avalanche’s CESecure, for a large national retailer. Just to review, CESecure provides device side security to Mobile Devices by requiring user authentication to gain access to the Mobile Device, as well as providing the ability to lock a device that is lost or stolen, and even encrypting or deleting sensitive data after the device has been locked.

The retailer wanted the CESecure client to use a local “Server test” to determine whether or not to lock the device, but they didn’t want to have to maintain a different configuration for every one of their stores, which number in the hundreds. We came up with a pretty ingenious solution using a wildcard in the configuration of the server address and it turned out that this wildcard syntax was already supported in the product… click here to continue reading the entry.

Avalanche 5.0 Wins Network Products Guide Award

As we’ve previously blogged about, we are coming closer and closer to the public release of Avalanche 5.0. It’s nice to see that all the hard work is already beginning to pay off with the announcement that Avalanche 5.0 won the Wireless Broadband Mobility Innovation Award from Network Products Guide. You can read our announcement here, and also read the full review here.

Thanks Network Products Guide!

Also, this is shaping up to be a busy week, so make sure you are subscribed to receive email alerts when we add new posts. You can sign-up to the right of this post. We’ll be back later and try to add some pictures from the Motorola Channel Partner Expo.

What can Tiger Woods Teach Us About Security?

Came across this Blog article discussing what we can learn about mobile device security from Tiger Woods. While the piece is largely geared towards mobile phone devices (and not ruggedized handheld mobile devices), its principles are the same and the context which the author presents the material is, at the least, going to get a smile or two.

Virtualized Avalanche and Activesync – A How-to Guide

One of the questions we get asked when customers move to a virtual environment is how they might go about installing things like the Wavelink Enabler on a device that needs to hook up using Activesync in a cradle.  Obviously we’ve extolled the benefits of VMs quite a bit on this blog, but then you need to do something which doesn’t look like it can be done from a VM.  Well, we’re glad to report that not only can you hook USB / Activesync to a VM, but it offers more flexibility than you probably thought.

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Today’s happenings

Speakeasy in action

As you may have seen, we are working on the release of our mobile device and infrastructure management solution, Avalanche 5, and things have been moving quickly around these parts!  I just had the chance to see some of the new features in action, and without getting into a sales pitch, I will just say that it is pretty neat. Stay tuned for more information on that front.

The other thing I want to point out is the upcoming Webinar on adding Voice to mobile devices. The material that is going to be shown is pretty impressive, so if you have some time on Thursday check it out. Rumor has it, there may be some free demo’s provided for those who attend!

Wavelink Avalanche 5 in Orlando

Wavelink at Moto Sales Conference

Here is a look at the Wavelink booth (704) from Orlando at the Motorola Sales Conference. As you can see, we are featuring the upcoming release of Avalanche 5.

Stop by and take a peek!  In the meantime, we’ll try and post some more photos up as we get them.