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hackNY Speaker Series – Dan Guido, iSec

June 19, 2011

On Thursday, June 16, 2011, we had Dan Guido as a speaker. Guido is a consultant with the New-York based computer security firm iSec.

His talk was focused on mobile security – how malicious apps can gain control of our smartphones, the different vectors today through which unauthorized access can be gained to others’ machines, and perhaps most relevant to us – how our own apps should look out for other apps acting up since our app’s sandbox doesn’t make it immune to having its (potentially sensitive) data stolen.

It was an interesting talk, and gave those of us working on mobile applications something to think about. Smartphone growth is exploding, and this is the time we need to most make sure that people are careful about their personal data.

P.S. 1 – He called iOS very safe, saying that over time, Apple has built in a number of barriers to prevent people from mucking around. Android, on the other hand,  has gaping security holes. He said he owned an android phone but will get the iPhone 5 the day it comes out. Although I had some intuition that Apple’s iOS was pretty well-rounded compared to Android, I didn’t really know that this polish extended to the security side as well.

P.S. 2 – Since this talk was related to information security, it reminded me of my interview at a security firm Elysium Digital. An aside, but it’s cool to see how unrelated things sometimes string together/connect.

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