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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