How Mobile Hacks Threaten Enterprise IBM's Caleb Barlow on a Growing Menace
How Mobile Hacks Threaten Enterprise
Caleb Barlow
Among the biggest cyberthreats enterprises face comes from hacks on consumer mobile devices, says Caleb Barlow, a director of product management at IBM Security.

Citing research, Barlow says 100 percent of the top 100 apps on Androids and just over 50 percent on Apple's mobile operating system have been hacked. "This is rampant, it's widespread and it's so easy to do," Barlow says in an interview at RSA Conference 2014 in San Francisco.

"The challenge that business has on mobile is that our traditional perimeter, thinking about security, isn't at the firewall or the intrusion prevention system anymore, it's now in the application," Barlow says. "So, applications have to have security built in."

In the interview, Barlow:

  • Predicts damage to enterprise systems from these app hacks could begin to surface soon; and
  • Explains what enterprises must do to protect themselves from application hacks of mobile devices that access their networks.

Barlow is an expert in various social technologies. In his previous role at IBM he was the director of Unified Communications and Collaboration, where he was responsible for the voice, video, web conferencing, instant messaging and social business communications. .

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