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What is app wrapping? One way to more secure mobile apps

App wrapping — the process of applying security policies to a mobile application such as email or a custom-built business app — can help protect corporate data without changing an app’s looks or functionality.

Once the technology is in place, app wrappers enable administrators to set policies that allow employees with corporate-owned or personal mobile devices to safely download an app, typically from an internal store.

As more companies deploy an over-arching enterprise mobility management (EMM) strategy, ensuring that sensitive corporate data isn’t compromised by employees’  mobile apps is paramount, because apps are increasingly targeted by cybercriminals as a window into backend systems.

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Linux group pushes out production-ready blockchain collaboration software

The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger project announced today the availability of Fabric 1.0, a collaboration tool for building blockchain distributed ledger business networks  such as smart contract technology.

The Hyperledger project, a collaborative cross-industry effort created to advance blockchain technology, said the Hyperledger Fabric framework can be a foundation for developing blockchain applications, products or customized business solutions

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What’s the difference between MDM, MAM, EMM and UEM?

The difference between mobile management policies and technologies may come down to degrees of control, but deploying the wrong strategy can cost companies  monetarily and kill employee morale.

When bring-your-own-device (BYOD) strategies first emerged several years ago, many corporations made device wiping a key goal; after all, the ability to delete data from an employee’s smartphone or tablet appeared, on the surface, to be the best way to stop leaks or the misuse of sensitive information.

So, as employees, particularly senior-level workers, began demanding mobile devices for business use, IT often turned to either company-owned hardware or restrictive  mobile device management (MDM) software.

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How the iPhone begat shadow IT and enterprise mobility

Ten years ago today, the first iPhone arrived, sporting an all-new user interface built on a multi-touch screen and a virtual keyboard that soon replaced all that had come before for mobile devices.

Combined with internet access and, later, an online app store that offered enterprise applications, the iPhone allowed workers to treat their cell phone as a more convenient, portable computer. It also meant that companies had to figure out — quickly — how to manage all those new iPhones.

Steve Palmucci remembers suddenly seeing new iPhones show up at work, and he  immediately worried about its lack of security and business capabilities. Nevertheless, employees seemed to love them, and made it clear they wanted to use them for work.

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Purism aims to push privacy-centric laptops, tablets and phones to market

A San Francisco-based start-up is creating a line of Linux-based laptops and mobile devices designed with hardware and software to safeguard user privacy.

Purism this week announced general availability of its 13-in. and 15-in. Librem laptops, which it says can protect users against the types of cyberattacks that led to the recent Intel AMT exploits and WannaCry ransomware attacks.

The laptop and other hardware in development has been “meticulously designed chip by chip to work with free and open source software.”

“It’s really a completely overlooked area,” said Purism CEO Todd Weaver. “We also wanted to start with laptops because that was something we knew we’d be able to do easily and then later get into phones, routers, servers, and desktops as we expand.”

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4 ways blockchain is the new business collaboration tool

While blockchain may have cut its teeth on the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, the distributed electronic ledger technology is quickly making inroads across a variety of industries.

That’s mainly because of its innate security and its potential for improving systems  operations all while reducing costs and creating new revenue streams.

David Schatsky, a managing director at consultancy Deloitte LLP, believes blockchain’s diversity speaks to its versatility in addressing business needs, but “the impact that blockchain will have on businesses in various industries is not yet fully understood.”

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Q&A: How TiVo’s CIO manages disparate mobile platforms

Like many large companies, TiVo has grown in recent years through mergers and acquisitions, which means CIO Steve Palmucci now faces a disparate set of mobile platforms to secure and manage.

While he’s yet to see tools that allow him to bring all mobile devices under one management umbrella, Palmucci has at least managed to standardize how corporate apps and data access get rolled out to employees.

In the future, however, he has his hopes set on a unified endpoint management approach that will bring his desktop and mobile environments under one umbrella.

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Steve Palmucci

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More enterprises are building their own custom mobile apps

Companies are jumping on the mobile app development train as a way to improve business.

The number of enterprises now building custom mobile apps — many of them simple apps designed to handle business processes — rose significantly in 2016, according to Gartner’s annual study of mobile app development platforms.

In 2015, about 60% of organizations were engaged in mobile app development. Last year, that number jumped to about 73%, according to the study, which also evaluated 35 mobile app development platform (MADP) vendors for this year’s “Magic Quadrant.”

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