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Blackberry says: “I’m Not Dead YET!”

Tyler Shields September 8, 2015
Once proud Unicorn company Good Technology has been acquired by Blackberry for $475M. This transaction was annouced Friday 9/4/15 and has been a buzzworthy topic in the mobile security arena ever since. The acquisition demonstrates Blackberry's continued resolve to execute on a software centered strategic turn around plan. This acquisition is the biggest in Blackberry […]
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Security In The IoT Age: Makers Vs. Operators

Tyler Shields August 19, 2015
Check out my latest research on IoT security: An S&R Pros Guide To IoT Security Internet of Things (IoT) security is a hot topic among security and risk professionals. It seems as if every "thing" on the market is becoming smarter and more interactive. As the level of IoT device maturity increases so does the […]
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Mobile Security Technologies 2015

Tyler Shields July 15, 2015
Today, I'm officially kicking off the 2015 version of the Mobile Security Technology Radar and I need your help!  Mobile security is one of the fastest changing, most dynamic markets that I have ever seen in my life (and I've been around the block a few times). Just when enterprises think they have it all […]
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Go Play In The Innovation Sandbox

Tyler Shields April 20, 2015
RSAC INNOVATION SANDBOX FINALISTS SPUR INGENUITY IN SECURITY: CISOs SHOULD LOOK TO FINALISTS FOR FUTURE DIRECTION AND INVESTMENT On Monday April 20, 2015 the biggest security event in the USA, the RSA Conference, kicks off with the ever popular Innovation Sandbox event. This event brings in hundreds of submissions from security startup companies around the world […]
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Android For Work Upends Multiple Markets

Tyler Shields March 2, 2015
On February 25, 2015, Google publicly announced its latest functionality and updates to the Android OS, titled "Android for Work" (AFW). Some of the new functionalities include secure work profiles, secure personal information management, and an enterprise app store through "Google Play for Work." These new changes in AFW will impact the businesses, the Android […]
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Application Security Technologies List

Tyler Shields January 13, 2015
Roughly a year and a half ago I began a process of measuring the importantance of technologies in the mobile security space. I'm currently beginning that same process for the application security market. Many technologies exist that provide business value to enterprises for the security of their applications, but which ones are better at delivering […]
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Security Of Your Data Doesn’t Matter To Smart Device Vendors At CES Tech West . . .

Tyler Shields January 6, 2015
The CES Tech West Expo has a number of specific areas of coverage including fitness and health, wearables, connected home, family safety, and some young innovative companies located in the startup area of the section. I spent a few hours interviewing and discussing the Internet of Things (IoT) with as many vendors as I could […]
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Happy Birthday Angry Birds! Thanks For The (In)Security!

Tyler Shields December 9, 2014
We’ve all done it. We've spent hours flinging birds at pigs, only to be frustrated with that one little piggy that got away. We can all thank the phenomenon “Angry Birds” for this wonderful experience. Today marks the fifth birthday of the release of the original Angry Birds. Since its release, the highly successful mobile […]
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Mobile Application Security – The Fight Results

Tyler Shields July 7, 2014
A few months ago I posted a blog entry entitled: "Containerization vs. Application Wrapping: The Tale Of The Tape." Well… the bout is finally over and a winner has been decided. Using a virtual tape measure, I analyzed the mobile application technology spectrum to determine which technologies are better suited to deployment in the enterprise […]
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Google Acquires Divide — Shaking Up The Mobile Security Landscape

Tyler Shields May 20, 2014
On May 19, 2014, Google announced that it is acquiring containerization and dual persona vendor Divide. Divide's technology is designed to create a security and user interface division between the personal and the enterprise content, applications, and data on a single mobile device. This model meets the goal of separating the highly sensitive work data […]
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Containerization Vs. App Wrapping – The Tale Of The Tape

Tyler Shields May 15, 2014
If you have implemented or used either application wrapping or containerization technologies, please COMPLETE THIS SURVEY. Application wrapping versus containerization: Which technology provides better security to an enterprise mobile deployment? What are the use cases for each technology, and which technology has a longer shelf life when it comes to being the de facto standard […]
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BlackBerry Jakarta Edition Success Is Irrelevant To US Enterprises

Tyler Shields May 13, 2014
Jump straight to my latest Quick Take report: "S&R Pros Desperate To Ditch BlackBerry Should Rethink Their Strategy — BlackBerry Finally Opens BB10 OS To Third-Party Management."  This morning, BlackBerry announced the release of the BlackBerry Z3 Jakarta Edition. This new device is targeting the lower end of the market in Indonesia with lessened technical […]
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Securing Mobile Development: Nontechnical Solutions

Tyler Shields April 30, 2014
It takes a lot more than a static analysis tool, a web scanning service, and a few paid hackers to make your mobile development lifecycle, team, and eventually, your applications secure. Finding flaws in an individual mobile application is easy (assuming you have the right technical skill set). What is a lot harder is actually […]
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Master Has Presented MDM With Clothes! MDM Is FREE!

Tyler Shields January 29, 2014
Mobile device management is a fully commoditized market. In the strictest definition of MDM, the available functionality is limited to those application programmer interfaces that are made available by the operating system vendor (Google or Apple). There is very little that traditional MDM offerings can do to differentiate themselves from the other 100+ vendors in […]
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Just Let Me Fling Birds At Pigs Already! Thoughts On The Snowden/Angry Birds Revelations

Tyler Shields January 28, 2014
“But until a person can say deeply and honestly, 'I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday,' that person cannot say, 'I choose otherwise.'”  ― Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change "Privacy is a decision best left in the hands of the professionals." […]
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Was AirWatch Running Out Of Runway?!

Tyler Shields January 28, 2014
It's hard to believe that a company could burn through $225 MILLION dollars in 11 months, but it looks like that may have been exactly what AirWatch did. According to data released by AirWatch and written by financial analysts (links to all data sources at bottom of post), AirWatch likely had burned through nearly all […]
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And The Next Punch Is Thrown By …. VMware?!

Tyler Shields January 23, 2014
After reading this blog post, if you would like more detail, fellow Forrester analyst Christian Kane and I have collaborated on two short reports describing the acquisition of AirWatch through the lens of mobile workforce enablement and a second report through the lens of mobile security. Enjoy the reports, and as always… we love to read your comments! On January 22, 2014, a […]
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And They’re Off . . . The Mobile Security Dog Race Has Begun!

Tyler Shields December 13, 2013
There is a 14-dog race going on, with a goal to win the wallets of the enterprise for mobile security spend. When lined up in the starting blocks, the racers may all seem to have equal chances, but a few are better poised to cross the finish line first and bask in the glory of […]
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Box, Inc. At $2B: Fundamental Shift Or Yet Another Bubble?

Tyler Shields December 7, 2013
$2 billion. That's billion with a "B". That's a lot of money. That is also what Aaron Levie's Inc. Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year company, Box Inc., is being valued at today. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, Box has said it recieved a fresh round of $125 million in investment, with […]
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Application Security Wave Prequalification Announcement

Tyler Shields December 6, 2013
We are about to kickoff a Forrester Wave on Application Security Testing. The focus of this Wave is on both static application security testing (SAST) as well as dynamic application security testing (DAST) offerings. This Wave will cover both tools and SaaS based delivery methods. What does this mean for you? Vendors:  If you feel that your […]
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