On April 15th, Copper Horse Director, David Rogers, chaired a panel discussion for Mobile Monday on the subject of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), called BYOD: A Faustian pact? The discussion looked at all aspects of a subject that’ll be fresh in the minds of many employers around the world. Panellists included renowned experts on the subject from companies such as Blackberry and Telefonica.
Whilst there are many positives to taking up the scheme, such as increased flexibility, improved productivity and reduced costs, there are a number of unanswered questions surrounding BYOD and this is what the session focused on. Issues such as the security risks that can arise from the practice and the balance between work and home life for employees all came about in the conversation, which consisted of some great participation from the audience.
The event was a success and an hour and a half networking session followed the discussion, allowing all the attendees to discuss their points of view on this interesting topic. Click here to read Copper Horse Mobile Security Intern, Matt Williams’, blog on his findings from the discussion. Also, click here to read Mobile Monday’s summary.
Copper Horse recently worked with a mobile telecoms fraud detection company to develop a mobile solution to replace an existing, but outdated bespoke ‘box’. Copper Horse developed a completely mobile device-based solution which included custom applications for core elements of telephony and messaging. By creating a new platform for the existing solution based on a smartphone, this enabled the client to take advantage of the other features available such as GPS, multiple wireless bearers and the camera to further enrich their own offering to their customers. The solution is now in use worldwide, with a revenue assurance solution in place too. Copper Horse worked closely with the client’s internal development team on integrating with their backend systems and also advised on the security elements of the solution.
The Global Mobile Awards is one of the main events that takes place at Mobile World Congress each year. Over six hundred entries and nominations were in contention for the thirty-seven categories of which honours are awarded to. Once again, Copper Horse Director, David Rogers, served as a judge at the event, in the category for ‘Best Mobile Safeguard & Security Products and Services’. This particular award was won by Adaptive Mobile and Syniverse.
The awards are often hosted by well-known celebrities and this year was no different, with British comedian David Walliams taking centre stage to hand out the honours. Some notable winners included the Samsung Galaxy S3 for Best Smartphone, Google and Asus’ Nexus 7 for Best Mobile Tablet and the Judges Choice for Best Mobile App, which went to Waze – a mobile navigation app that allows users to add and see real-time traffic updates.
Copper Horse were present once again at the world’s largest mobile event, Mobile World Congress, held at Barcelona’s Fira GranVia in February. The team were present in the city for a week, attending various talks, meeting a lot of companies and going to fringe events over the four days of the congress and the weekend before.
One of the highlights of the company’s week was the presentation of the inaugural Dead Technology Award – a prize given to a technology that had either died off or flopped considerably in 2012 in the technology world. At the Sunday event Innovation on the Fringe, the audience voted that Sony Ericsson was to be the winner, after having been subsumed into Sony. Following this, Copper Horse hosted the now well-established annual dinner, featuring security experts from around the world – an hugely interesting experience. On the Monday, PhonepayPlus announced they are working with us on Incident Handling for mobile malware.
And to the congress itself; MWC was considerably larger in 2013 than it had been in previous years and there were eight different halls of company stands and theatres to peruse. The week featured a continual pattern of security sessions, stand visits and award ceremonies by day and networking parties by evening. Overall, it was another enjoyable experience. And so begins the planning for next year!