Ted Julian, The Yankee Group

DroidDream: Our Wake-Up Call For Mobile Security

By Ted Julian, Yankee Group Security researchers today pulled more than 20 apps in the Official Android Market after they were found to have been infected with the DroidDream malware. Analysis of the DroidDream malware suggests that it can gather sensitive data like a mobile device’s IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number and user ID, break out of Android’s application security sandbox and download additional code. Sounds pretty scary, huh? Sure, but to grizzled security pros, it’s a story that’s also sadly familiar – and a sign of what’s to come in the mobile devices market.

Carry Wikileaks Lessons Into The New Year

Editor’s Note: The storm of news coverage about the release of confidential diplomatic memos by whistleblower site Wikileaks may have passed, but the story is far from over. In the meantime, organizations are left to draw their own conclusions about the lessons of the Wikileaks scandal and, then, try to apply them to their businesses. In this opinion piece for Threatpost, Ted Julian, a Principal Analyst at Yankee Group, says there are four important lessons that organizations can learn from the sensational publication of classified documents and carry into the New Year.