Attacks/Breaches
1/27/2008
11:55 AM
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Government Agency Locks Down Smartphones

Federal Housing Finance Board selects Trust Digital for mobile workforce security and government standards compliance

MCLEAN, Va. --Trust Digital, the leading mobile security management provider, today announced the Federal Housing Finance Board (FHFB) has selected its Smartphone Security Management Software to comply with the Office of Management & Budget’s (OMB) security regulations which mandate protection of sensitive data stored on FHFB mobile devices. FHFB regulates the twelve Federal Home Loan Banks who supply local lenders with funds used to finance loans for home mortgages. Because of the sensitive nature of the information on FHFB smartphones and laptops, it was critical to have a secure mobile strategy following the OMB guidance.

As part of its migration from Blackberry to Windows Mobile, FHFB had initially deployed a single-vendor solution to secure both laptops and smartphones. On paper, this unified approach seemed reasonable; however, FHFB quickly found the single-source solution better suited for laptops than smartphones. During the first four months of use, smartphone users with heavy email usage experienced significant reduction in battery life, interruption in email delivery and consistent system lock issues.

To resolve these issues, FHFB opted for Trust Digital’s Smartphone Security Management Software, with immediate improved results. Deployment took days versus weeks, and all of the data leaving FHFB’s network was fully encrypted. Importantly, the Trust Digital security software went seemingly undetected by FHFB’s smartphone users; other then having to enter a pin upon smartphone power-on, users did not see any degradation in device behavior or performance after the Trust Digital software was loaded.

“Security issues keep IT departments awake at night and I don’t want to find out one of my devices walked out the door leaking critical information,” said Vernon Monday, head of network operations for the FHFB. “With Trust Digital we can ensure compliance with the OMB mandates and keep our smartphone users happy. Now I know that if a mobile device goes missing, it will be fully encrypted and our information will stay safe.”

Trust Digital

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Flash Poll
Current Issue
Cartoon
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2013-6117
Published: 2014-07-11
Dahua DVR 2.608.0000.0 and 2.608.GV00.0 allows remote attackers to bypass authentication and obtain sensitive information including user credentials, change user passwords, clear log files, and perform other actions via a request to TCP port 37777.

CVE-2014-0174
Published: 2014-07-11
Cumin (aka MRG Management Console), as used in Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2.5, does not include the HTTPOnly flag in a Set-Cookie header for the session cookie, which makes it easier for remote attackers to obtain potentially sensitive information via script access to this cookie.

CVE-2014-3485
Published: 2014-07-11
The REST API in the ovirt-engine in oVirt, as used in Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (rhevm) 3.4, allows remote authenticated users to read arbitrary files and have other unspecified impact via unknown vectors, related to an XML External Entity (XXE) issue.

CVE-2014-3499
Published: 2014-07-11
Docker 1.0.0 uses world-readable and world-writable permissions on the management socket, which allows local users to gain privileges via unspecified vectors.

CVE-2014-3503
Published: 2014-07-11
Apache Syncope 1.1.x before 1.1.8 uses weak random values to generate passwords, which makes it easier for remote attackers to guess the password via a brute force attack.

Best of the Web
Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Marilyn Cohodas and her guests look at the evolving nature of the relationship between CIO and CSO.