Mobile Device Management or MDM has become a very popular topic following the smart phone and tablet market explosion (more on this found HERE). Everybody seems to own a range of mobiles devices making provisioning wireless and maintaining security a ongoing challenge. To address this demand, a handful of vendors have developed mobile device management solutions to provide these and other capabilities. Continue reading
Here is a guest post from Pierluigi Paganini. He is a security researcher for InfoSec Institute. InfoSec Institute is an information security training company now offering a mobile computer forensics course.
The IT landscape is dominated by the rise of paradigms such as cloud computing, mobile networking, and social networking, three concepts that have totally revolutionized the daily user’s experience on the web. Continue reading
“My buddy Aamir Lakhani is developing a iOS security class and recently posted about hacking iOS devices. This is a very popular subject and want to share this. Also shout out to Tom Bedwell for his assistance with the research. You can find the original posting at www.cloudcentrics.com”
iOS devices can be booted with their own kernel and micro operating systems instead of approved Apple firmware. When iOS devices are loaded with a micro kernel, you can run attacks such as bypassing the passcode, decrypting passwords, copying file systems, viewing emails and much more. The following guide describes how to create a RAM DISK, however it may not function precisely as a step-by-step instruction set, since each system is unique and requires some level of customization. Continue reading
Zenprise recently released an upgrade to their flagship mobile device management MDM solution. My team has been showcasing a previous version 6.6 and went through the upgrade to Zenprise 7.01 this week. The Zenprise ZDM upgrade took around 15- 20 minutes, which steps included upgrading the software and java on the hosting server. Here is a comparison of both versions of Zenprise ZDM.
Dashboard: Zenprise 7.01 now includes a dashboard or centralized landing page. From a visual perspective, it’s a great way to quickly identify the state of the system and managed endpoints. The picture below is customized for 6 different reports. Functionality wise, the previous version of Zenprise could accomplish the same things by clicking around. Continue reading
Cisco recently updated their flagship access control solution Identity Services Engine ISE label 1.1.1 or ISE 1.1MR (Maintenance Release). See more on ISE HERE. My team has received lots of questions around on-boarding new devices with ISE. This post will focus on this feature and assumes a standard ISE design is enabled for wireless access.
Many agencies spend millions on security each year. Security investments range from firewalls to contractors, which spending is typically based on weighing risk of loss against cost to protect. Sometimes it’s difficult to evaluate the return on investment for security since the desired end result is not being compromised rather than a particular outcome that can be measured. Studies show regardless of the level of spending for security, the majority of IT management doesn’t know how effective their defenses are against today’s threat landscape. Here are some ways to evaluate the strength of your security. Continue reading
My team built a Cisco Identity Services Engine ISE demo lab designed to secure mobile devices such as iPads, Androids, etc. We ran into a few snags however in the end got the system to work nicely. Here is a guide to help you build a Cisco ISE lab for securing mobile devices.
First the assumption is you have a standard Cisco ISE configuration built. In our lab, we use Cisco UCS to host a virtualized ISE appliance, Active Directory and other services. For hardware, we had a Cisco 3560 switch running 12.2 55E (downgraded from 12.2 58), ASA 5505 (for outbound NATing, info HERE) and Cisco Wireless network consisting of two APs and WLC appliance (NOTE: WLC MUST run 7.X code for Radius between ISE and WLC to work!!!). The ISE system was synched with AD for three identity groups (employees, contractors and guests). We used the default 90-day demo license and enabled all profiling probes. The wireless system was built in a standard fashion. Continue reading
IT administrators are being asked to come up with ways to permit mobile devices onto the corporate network in a secure fashion (via MDM Solution or other technology) . This subject touches a few technology areas such as access control, secure wireless, data protection and secure management of mobile devices however the focus for this piece will be mobile device management. Members of my team have tested the MDM leaders such as Mobile Iron, Airwatch, Zenprise, Good Technology, McAfee, Symantec, etc. and summed up the following as things to consider when evaluating a Mobile Device Management solution. Continue reading