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Identifying Android Phone Vulnerabilities that Threaten Your Corporate Network

Posted May 20, 2014    Morey Haber

According to a recent McKinsey survey, more than 80% of employees now use personal smartphones for work-related purposes. Vulnerable smartphones can spread malware to business infrastructure via emailed attachments and to corporate networks through bots. Assessing mobile devices for vulnerabilities that could lead to infections and data manipulation is therefore a real concern for data privacy and security teams.

RCS-Mobile-Blog-IMGAt BeyondTrust, we’ve offered solutions for mobile device vulnerability scanning since 2011. We recently updated Retina CS for Mobile with enhanced capabilities for pinpointing Android phone vulnerabilities before they can pose risks to your environment. The new release automatically receives updates from BeyondSaaS, BeyondTrust’s SaaS-based vulnerability scanning service, to assess Android phones for the latest vulnerabilities without requiring manual updates, installs, or any user intervention whatsoever.

If you have Retina CS Enterprise Vulnerability Management deployed, you can use the included BeyondInsight console to view, analyze and act on vulnerabilities reported by Retina CS for Mobile. Android phone owners can also download the free Retina CS for Mobile Android app to conduct local scans and identify vulnerabilities on their own phones.

Retina CS for Mobile is the first and only product to integrate mobile device assessment and vulnerability management for proactively discovering, prioritizing and fixing smartphone security weaknesses. Benefits include:

  • Reduced risk by extending vulnerability management to your BlackBerry, Android and ActiveSync-managed mobile devices
  • Actionable vulnerability reports, both locally in the Retina CS for Mobile app and alongside enterprise vulnerability data in the BeyondInsight IT Risk Management Console
  • Easier compliance via in-depth audit trails and reports of mobile vulnerability management efforts
  • Increased efficiency by automating mobile phone vulnerability assessments
  • Visibility into the vulnerability profiles of mobile devices accessing your network
  • Streamlined remediation through severity-based mobile threat prioritization
  • Coverage of mobile device hardware, applications and configurations via built-in and custom audits

Watch the video below for a quick demonstration of Retina CS for Mobile:

BeyondTrust leads the way in zero-gap vulnerability assessment coverage via our industry-unique cloud connectors to mobile device scanning agents. The updated Retina CS for Mobile agent makes it easy to extend secure computing and vulnerability assessment to the mobile devices that connect to and communicate with your infrastructure.

> Download the Retina CS for Mobile Android app from Google Play
> Learn more about Retina CS for Mobile
> Learn more about Retina CS Enterprise Vulnerability Management

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Are Your Data Security Efforts Focused in the Right Area?

Posted January 28, 2015    Scott Lang

Vormetric Data Security recently released an insider threat report, with research conducted by HarrisPoll and analyzed by Ovum. Based on the survey responses, it is apparent that there is still a great deal of insecurity over data. However, the results also show that there may be misplaced investments to address those insecurities. I will explain…

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GHOST Vulnerability…Scary Indeed

Posted January 28, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

A vulnerability discovered by Qualys security researchers has surfaced within the GNU C Library that affects virtually all Linux operating systems. The vulnerability lies within the various gethostbyname*() functions and, as such, has been dubbed “GHOST.” GHOST is particularly nasty considering remote, arbitrary code execution can be achieved. In an effort to avoid taxing DNS lookups, glibc developers introduced…

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Your New Years Resolution: Controlling Privileged Users

Posted January 27, 2015    Dave Shackleford

Is 2015 the year you get a better handle on security? The news last year was grim – so much so, in fact, that many in the information security community despaired a bit. Really, the end-of-the-year infosec cocktail parties were a bit glum. OK, let’s be honest, infosec cocktail parties are usually not that wild…

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