February 26, 2016

Security Week-in-Review: Google’s fight against censorship

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It’s hard to keep up with the hundreds of security-specific headlines published every week.

So, we’re rounding up the top news that affect you, your business, and the security and technology industry overall. This week we talk about DDoS attacks, connected car vulnerabilities, and an exposed database of children’s records. Check back every Friday to learn about the latest in security news.

Category:   Security
February 12, 2016

Security week-in-review: U.S.A. versus cyber threats

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It’s hard to keep up with the hundreds of security-specific headlines published every week.

So, we’re rounding up the top news that affect you, your business, and the security and technology industry overall. This week we explore President Obama’s new proposal to increase cybersecurity spending, a breach on the FBI, and the FCC commissioner’s comments on hacking cars. Check back every Friday to learn about the latest in security news.

Category:   Security
February 12, 2016

Adversaries & ultrasound scanners: A Q&A with Lookout’s new VP of Security Research on his first day

mike-murrayWe’re thrilled to announce Michael Murray, a security industry research veteran, has joined Lookout to head up our Security Research and Response looking to focus on novel research and making the most out of our machine intelligence to knock out commodity and advanced/targeted malware.

Mike brings a huge wealth of security knowledge after serving as the director of product-development security at GE. Many of you already know Mike, but we wanted to give him a chance to talk about his plans in his own words:

Category:   Lookout News
February 10, 2016

Lookout commits to growth in Europe with new Netherlands office & partnerships

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We’re pleased to announce the opening of Lookout’s Netherlands office, the company’s second in EMEA, serving as a hub for Lookout’s Northern Europe development.

The team is already having great success in the region, as led by Lookout EMEA’s Dutch native and former President of Intel Security EMEA, Gert-Jan Schenk. With a focus on building out business and securing local, strategic partnerships across the consumer and enterprise mobility and security space we’ve secured regional partners including the distributor Exclusive Networks along with channel partners BLAUD, Dahvo, Fondo, mITE Systems, and mobco.

The Netherlands is a key market for Lookout’s EMEA expansion. It’s is one of the most developed markets for mobile with a high density of mobile usage.

Read more in our press release here.

Category:   Lookout News
February 6, 2016

Employee Spotlight: Heinzel Factora on coordinating programs, people, and major products

In this series we’re highlighting some of our awesome employees and the work they do. In their own words, you’ll hear about our employees biggest wins, favorite moments, and reasons for doing what they do. Interested in starting a career at Lookout? Check out our open jobs.

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Heinzel Factora
Staff Technical Program Manager
Category:   Lookout News
February 5, 2016

Security week-in-review: Danger, Will Robinson, we’ve been redirected

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It’s hard to keep up with the hundreds of security-specific headlines published every week.

So, we’re rounding up the top news that affect you, your business, and the security and technology industry overall. This week we explore regulations around data transfers, how much the data on a mobile device is really worth, and a number of noteworthy threats. Check back every Friday to learn about the latest in security news.

Category:   Security
February 3, 2016

The data on your phone is worth $14K: Learn more about the data on this addictive device

You love your phone. It’s the first thing you look at in the morning, one of the last things you look at before bed. You take it to the bathroom with you.

No, we’re not following you around; we’re just like you. We’re all addicted — 73 percent of us — to this little device. Mobile devices are like bionic extensions of our arms, connecting us to friends, helping us keep up with work, tracking our health, letting us bank from anywhere, taking important pictures, the list goes on. Each of those turn into precious data points that your phone accesses or stockpiles — indeed, the data on your phone is worth $14,000!  

However, for as critical to our everyday lives as they are, mobile devices as we know them are really only around a decade old. We believe it’s important to understand the impact of the mobile device, the huge amount of data it holds, and how we keep both safe. So, we surveyed over 700 people just like you.

Check out the results below and get smart about your mobile data and security.

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February 2, 2016

Living in an immaterial world: Brits fear losing personal data more than their physical belongings

Now that we do virtually everything on our smartphones. From corporate work data to our health data to financial transactions to personal, private information — these powerful little phones host it all. These days it’s less about the device itself and more about the data, the ‘what’s inside,’ that matters most to Brits. How do we handle the deluge of data that we’re creating?

In a recent survey by Ponemon Institute and Lookout, we found that Brits are wising up to the fact that as the valuable data on their devices increase, so too does the value for hackers. In other words, you don’t have to be Angela Merkel or Jennifer Lawrence to have your most sensitive information hacked.

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Nearly half (45 percent) of Brits report that the amount of confidential or sensitive information on their mobile device has increased substantially within the last 24 months. This will only continue to grow. And when you look at the types of data that people are accessing on their devices, company-related data on personal mobile devices ranks high: 56 percent of people access corporate emails, 55 percent access contact lists or directories and thirty percent access customer records.

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Now, it seems there’s less emphasis on the latest and greatest flashy new device, it’s more about what’s inside. Forty-one percent of Brits consider the digital photos and videos stored on their mobile devices “priceless” and report that they could never replace the content of their mobile devices (38 percent).

With all of this important and valuable data, fifty-two percent of individuals now worry about their devices being hacked or infected by malware. They’re more concerned about losing what’s in their mobile devices than what’s in their wallets, which makes sense when you think of all the financial transactions we now do via our mobile devices. It’s not just J. Law’s device that’s worth a bundle: in total, individuals value the data in their devices at £6,504. If the data on their devices is hacked, breached or compromised, this is of serious consequence to the individual.

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Despite the growing amount of lucrative data and consumers’ growing concern about getting hacked, almost half of Brits (47 percent) don’t see data protection features as important when purchasing a mobile device. Unless we start to safeguard our personal data as much as we do our physical belongings, we are liable to lose our priceless content and memories through a breach or hack. There’s a behavioural challenge that we see with people, where similar to insurance, they resist taking action to protect what’s valuable until it’s too late. It’s no different on mobile.

Research Methodology: Ponemon Institute surveyed 456 individuals located throughout the United Kingdom who self-reported they use smartphones and tablets for personal and/or business use. (January, 2016)

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