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iOS 8: Newer, Better, But Is It Safer? | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Can Apple’s new features expose you to new mobile security risks?

With the iCloud scandal seemingly in its past, Apple announced new iPhones, updates to iPad and MacBook as well as news on OSX Yosemite. Although consumers will have to wait to get their hands on some of that new stuff, what they can get is the latest release of iOS 8 that Apple made available for most in-market iPhones and iPads.

Originally announced at WWDC (Apple's annual developers conference) in June, iOS 8 seems to spearhead Apple's newfound focus upon greater integration of their products into everyday tasks, cross-platform mobility and self-monitoring.

Before you update your device, here is a look at some of the new features and things you may want to consider from a mobile security perspective:

HealthKit and HomeKit
HealthKit is a new framework that aggregates numerous healthcare and fitness apps, such as blood pressure and heart rate monitors through partner apps including Nike, and allows them to communicate with each other. Digital assistant Siri has received an iOS 8 makeover and been given a role in HomeKit, Apple's new connected home app. In a similar vein to HealthKit, it will streamline your smart devices to control them in one place.

Considering the recent iCloud hack, and the potential for iOS devices to be vulnerable to malware through iCloud, it's critical to look at the implications of keeping personal health information on devices and, presumably, synced with iCloud. Same goes for HomeKit. It's becoming increasingly apparent that there is no such thing as a completely secure mobile device, app or service.

In iOS 8, if cybercriminals are successful in penetrating a device, they might access private and confidential health information, or smarthome controls such as lights, windows and even doors.

Apple Pay
Much like the previous point, with Apple looking for us to share even more private details with their devices, can users afford to do so without implementing dedicated security solutions? It's also worth mentioning that mobile wallets aren't new and neither are their security issues. There are already several different mobile wallet apps that have been hacked or targeted by malware. With Apple's services not looking very fortified at the moment, having personal financial information on a device and access to things like bank and credit card account numbers could be a huge risk.

Touch ID
Introduced in the iPhone 5s last September, the Touch ID fingerprint scanner was previously used to unlock the phone and as identity verification when making purchases through the App Store. In iOS 8, Touch ID will be integrated into third-party apps for the first time, more than likely replacing password security and for facilitating quicker purchases.

With all the criticism that has surrounded both Apple's and Samsung's first attempts at biometrics are users ready for the further integration of these systems into our lives? Putting aside the fact the first fingerprint scanner was easily hacked just days after its release, many enterprises are starting to implement their own biometric solutions. As a result, the theft or recording of a user's fingerprint is now even more of a hazard to enterprise security.

Jailbreaks for iOS8?
Naturally, the jailbreak community awaits the release of iOS with excitement as well as trepidation. Although the beta version of iOS is rumored (nothing more) to have been jail broken, the final version should pose much more of a challenge to break down. We wouldn't be surprised if jail breaking the upcoming release of iOS8 takes some time, but if history is any lesson, one thing's for certain - it's probably inevitable.

As we said, both from a personal and from an enterprise's point of view, these and several of the other new features in iOS 8 require attention from a security standpoint. This isn't a simple equation - millions of devices will be using iOS 8 within days, so ignoring it isn't an option. Instead, we recommend creating clear guidelines on how, when and where to use the new features of iOS with a BYOD enterprise.

Conference Schedule Announced

Are you ready to put your data in the cloud?

What is the future of security in the cloud?

Does Docker quickly advance the development of an IoT application?

What are the implications of Moore's Law on Hadoop deployments?

Get all these questions and hundreds more like them answered at the 15th Cloud Expo, November 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, CA. The Cloud Expo / Big Data Expo / @ThingsExpo / DevOps Summit programs are now available for you to inspect and investigate in advance.

Our upcoming November 4-6 event in Santa Clara, California will present a total of 10 simultaneous tracks by an all-star faculty, over three days, plus a two-day "Cloud Computing Bootcamp" presented by Janakiram MSV, an Analyst with the Gigaom Research analyst network, where he covers the Cloud Services landscape.

Cloud and Big Data topics and tracks include: Enterprise Cloud Adoption, APM & Cloud Computing | Hot Topics, Cloud APIs & Business, Cloud Security | Mobility, Big Data | Analytics.

@ThingsExpo content tripled from a single track in New York to three simultaneous tracks: Consumer IoT, Enterprise IoT, IoT Developer | WebRTC Convergence.

DevOps Summit also doubled from a single track in New York to two simultaneous tracks: "Dev" Developer Focus and "Ops" Operations Focus.

Schedule for Cloud Expo / Big Data Expo / @ThingsExpoHere

Schedule for DevOps SummitHere

Now that we have published the full conference schedule, please check back for daily updates as we finalize new session abstracts by working with our distinguished faculty members. For your questions please contact us at events (at) sys-con.com. Last but not least we will announce our keynotes on the hottest subjects to be delivered by world-class speakers!

The largest 'Internet of Things' event in the world has announced "sponsorship opportunities" and "call for papers."

The 1st International Internet of @ThingsExpo was launched this June at the Javits Center in New York City with over 6,000 delegates in attendance. The 2nd International Internet of @ThingsExpo will take place November 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California, with an estimated 7,000 plus delegates attending over three days.

@ThingsExpo is co-located with 15th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading IoT industry players in the world. In 2014, more than 200 companies will be present on the @ThingsExpo show floor, including global players and the hottest new technology pioneers.

Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities for @ThingsExpo Silicon Valley and New York Are Now Available
Sponsors and exhibitors of Internet of @ThingsExpo will benefit from unmatched branding, profile building and lead generation opportunities through:

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For more information on sponsorship, exhibit, and keynote opportunities contact Carmen Gonzalez by email at events (at) sys-con.com, or by phone 201 802-3021. Book both events for additional savings!

@ThingsExpo Silicon Valley (November 4-6, 2014, Santa Clara, CA)
@ThingsExpo New York (June 9-11, 2015, New York, NY)

Secure Your VIP Pass to Attend @ThingsExpo Silicon Valley
Internet of @ThingsExpo announced today a limited time free "Expo Plus" registration option. The onsite registration price of $600 will be set to 'free' for delegates who register during September.

To take advantage of this opportunity, attendees can use the coupon code "IoTSeptember" and secure their "@ThingsExpo Plus" registration to attend all keynotes and general sessions, as well as a limited number of technical sessions each day of the show, in addition to full access to the expo floor and the @ThingsExpo hackathon.

The registration page is located at the @ThingsExpo site here.


@ThingsExpo New York 2015 'Call for Papers' Now Open
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York announces that its 'Call for Papers' is now open. The event will feature a world class, all-star faculty with the hottest IoT topics covered in three distinct tracks.

Track 1 - Consumer IoT and Wearables: Smart Appliances, Wearables, Smart Cars, Smartphones 2.0, Smart Travel, Personal Fitness, Health Care, Personalized Marketing, Customized Shopping, Personal Finance, The Digital Divide, Mobile Cash & Markets, Games & the IoT, The Future of Education, Virtual Reality

Track 2 - Enterprise IoT: The Business Case for IoT, Smart Grids, Smart Cities, Smart Transportation, The Smart Home, M2M, Authentication/Security, Wiring the IoT, The Internet of Everything, Digital Transformation of Enterprise IT, Agriculture, Transportation, Manufacturing, Local & State Government, Federal Government

Track 3 - Developer IoT: WebRTC, Eclipse Foundation, Cloud Foundry, Docker & Linux Containers, Node-Red, Open Source Hardware, Leveraging SOA, Multi-Cloud IoT, Evolving Standards, WebSockets, Security & Privacy Protocols, GPS & Proximity Services, Bluetooth/RFID/etc., XMPP, Nest Labs


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Chris Matthieu Named @ThingsExpo Tech Chair

Internet of @ThingsExpo named Chris Matthieu tech chair of Internet of @ThingsExpo 2014 Silicon Valley.

Chris Matthieu has two decades of telecom and web experience. He launched his Teleku cloud communications-as-a-service platform at eComm in 2010, which was acquired by Voxeo. Next he built an open source Node.JS PaaS called Nodester, which was acquired by AppFog. His latest startups include Twelephone. Leveraging HTML5 and WebRTC, Twelephone's BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) is to become the next generation telecom company running in the Web browser. Chris is currently co-founder and CTO of Octoblu.

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More Stories By Michael Shaulov

Michael Shaulov is CEO and co-founder of Lacoon Mobile Security. He’s responsible for the direction of the company, with a maniacal focus on adding the security organizations need to effectively leverage mobility. He is a recognized industry speaker, delivering talks at BlackHat EU, BlackHat USA and Infosec.

Prior to founding Lacoon, Michael co-founded BlueRidge Storage Systems and founded and led the Mobile Intrusive Interception team for the security division of NICE Systems LTD. Before his commercial endeavors, he pioneered the mobile security field in an elite military technological unit, where he received the Israeli Presidential Excellency Honor for his contributions. He holds a BSc in Computer Sciences and Physics from Ben-Gurion University, Israel.

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