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WHITE PAPER: Mobile Credentials: Access Control for the Mobile Workforce

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Abloy UK has launched a new discussion paper which explores the reasons for the increased demand for mobile credentials, particularly in critical infrastructure where they’re being used to answer the need for flexibility, convenience and improved operational efficiency.

In addition, they provide an easy way to manage access rights with instant delivery, and increased security and sustainability.

A mobile credential is a digital access key that allows you to authenticate with your smartphone, and use it to gain access to a building, room, or site, replacing a traditional key, fob or a card.

The paper addresses the demands from critical infrastructure businesses which need flexible, reliable key management for a wide variety of sites. From electricity substations to railway track-side cabinets and signal boxes, ISP network cabinets, telecom towers and many more, often in remote locations.

Many sites require shared access by different companies, sometimes by employees, often by contractors. Abloy’s whitepaper discusses the range of options available to businesses to ensure their assets are secure.

It also explains how Abloy can help companies improve operational efficiency with effective key management, reducing risk, reducing wasted journeys, saving money and contributing to their sustainability objectives.

Steve Wintle, Head of Critical Infrastructure at Abloy UK, said: “The world is adopting new technologies at an astounding rate, and as a society we are becoming more reliant on, and comfortable with digital devices. When it comes to managing access control, mobile credentials are gaining popularity across a wide range of industries and applications.

“In this whitepaper, we discuss how mobile credentials have the power to revolutionise access control, making it a more sustainable, convenient, flexible and money saving strategy. We also consider barriers to implementation and recommend the type of applications where they could be the ideal access solution.”

To view the whitepaper, go to https://bit.ly/3doHkth

Apple

Apple delays app transport security deadline

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Apple has backtracked on its plan to enforce a year-end deadline for 2016 that would have required developers to move apps to an HTTPS-only model in an effort to thwart eavesdropping on insecure, plaintext HTTP connections.

In a short statement at the end of last month, Apple said that a requirement for developers to adopt App Transport Security would be extended. It did not set a new deadline.

The statement on Apple’s website read: “App Transport Security (ATS), introduced in iOS 9 and OS X v10.11, improves user security and privacy by requiring apps to use secure network connections over HTTPS. At WWDC 2016 we announced that apps submitted to the App Store will be required to support ATS at the end of the year.

To give you additional time to prepare, this deadline has been extended and we will provide another update when a new deadline is confirmed. Learn more about ATS.”

Gallagher launches new mobile security app to international market…

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Gallagher has announced the release of its Mobile Connect app which promises to transform a mobile phone into an access device – empowering businesses to use mobile technology in place of traditional access cards.

The security division of the Gallagher Group partnered with the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance and Nok Nok Labs to create the app, which uses two-step remote provisioning to deliver secure enrolment by sending an email invitation with SMS code to verify the user and the mobile device. 

Steve Bell, chief technology officer at Gallagher said: “Mobile Connect really brings the best of both worlds to the market. It makes access simpler and easier for users while operating on highly-secure, cutting-edge FIDO protocols that give businesses supreme confidence in their security.”

In addition, Mobile Connect claims to significantly reduce costs and simplifies administration through a range of exclusive features. Users can also enjoy a unique subscription model, allowing credentials to be transferred between users and reissued to devices.

Bell adds: “We’re thrilled with this latest release in our mobile technology development programme and the simplicity it brings to our customers. Our goal is always to develop simple solutions underpinned by the strongest security, and that’s what we’ve achieved here.” 

Optional two-factor authentication, either PIN or biometric, is also available to provide added security and flexibility for sites using Mobile Connect.

Find out more information here  

Kaspersky Lab: Brit residents ‘top targets’ of ransomware attacks…

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New data released by security software company, Kaspersky Lab, claims that British residents are constantly being targeted in a wave of ransomware attacks.

The research suggests that mobile ransomware is becoming more commonplace, and reveals that the company put a stop to 136,532 ransomware attacks between March 2015 and March 2016; an almost four-fold increase on the 35,413 attacks in the previous 12 months.

In addition, Kaspersky’s data shows that UK citizens are among the most likely to be targeted by mobile ransomware; with an estimated 16 per cent of all mobile ransomware attacks hitting users in this country.

Read more on the research here