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Ian Thain

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Multi-Layers of Security Encryption Is A Mobile Enterprise Necessity

Hardware encryption reported as hacked

Today more than ever Multi-layers of security encryption is a Mobile Enterprise necessity. Lets face it, in work or our personal lives, when we leave a location we do not just shut and lock-up one lock, but we rely on maybe a secondary lock or security alarm system. We still even rely on the old faithful human security guard. Now that we are carrying around more and more personal & corporate data with us, we need to do the same and to be as vigilant.

Apple's iPhone continues as a hot topic in the media. I wrote last week about, Apple's recently announced earnings and reported sales of 5.2 million Apple iPhone units in the third fiscal quarter.

Also that users have downloaded more than 1.5 billion applications from the App Store in its first year. In addition, Apple highlighted that the iPhone is making inroads within the Enterprise. The company reported that about about 20 percent of Fortune 100 companies placed orders of 10,000 units or more, while some governmental agencies ordered up to 25,000 units.

One reason for this penetration, according to Apple, is the new hardware encryption in the iPhone3GS. However, that hardware encryption has been reported to have been  "hacked".

Secure iPhoneCheck out...

From Sybase’s perspective, Apple’s new hardware encryption on the iPhone3GS is complimentary to Sybase’s strategy but it does not eliminate the need for our secure enterprise sandbox.

In order for an enterprise to provide the most secure solution, iAnywhere Mobile Office is required. Our unique sandbox approach focuses on software encryption to deal with a very common use case where a hacker will gain access to the iPhone data from an operating system level. With Apple’s current hardware encryption exclusively provided on their latest iPhone3GS devices, the enterprise is NOT protected against this use case.

Secure it or lose it!

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As one of the Sybase Technical Evangelists, Ian regularly addresses technical audiences all over the world and his sessions are always very well attended. He also writes education classes, whitepapers, demos and articles for various Sybase products and publishes regularly in Journals such as SYS-CON's PBDJ and International Developer Magazine. He is also the Sybase Unwired Platform & PocketBuilder Evangelist and works closely with the team in Dublin, CA and Concord, MA on new features and demonstrations for the products. In his customer-facing Evangelist role, Ian is very involved with the design, production and testing of Enterprise class Unwired Solutions, that have been implemented using Sybase's Unwired tools for Sybase customers around the globe. In addition, Ian is a dedicated technical expert continually working with Sybase's key partners and clients to enhance the capabilities of the Unwired solutions that Sybase can offer to its customers. Ian can also be found on Twitter @ithain