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Mobile permission requests shouldn't be mysterious, says FTC official

An expert at the Federal Trade Commission has some ideas for how to make access requests and information flows more secure using incentives and opportunities based on the principle of least privilege.

Apple, Google and massive alliance tell Obama not to weaken encryption, introduce 'backdoors'

The companies were among more than 140 civil society groups, corporations, trade associations and security and policy experts urging President Obama to promote rather than undercut data encryption technology. 

'Least privilege' is key to securing mobile devices, says FTC official

The principle of least privilege, which holds that "every program and every user of the system should operate using the least set of privileges necessary to complete the job," is key to ensuring and maintaining security in a mobile world, says an FTC official.

Federal court says no warrant needed to get cellphone location data

A much larger 11-member panel revisited the case, saying that Davis doesn't own the cellphone records because they were created by a third party telephone company for legitimate business purposes.

NIST issues identity management considerations for FirstNet

As work moves forward on a nationwide public safety broadband network, the National Institute of Standards and Technology released guidelines for addressing identity management across the new system. 

DHS agency announces expansion of mobile security app archiving system beyond Android

The DHS-funded mobile security application archiving technology is expanding to include apps from Apple iTunes, Microsoft Windows Phone Store, Google Play and Amazon.

Everyday hand motions could protect smartphones from breaches, research shows

Human motion that naturally occurs when people use smartphones could prevent malware from infecting mobile devices, new research suggests.

'Legislative fix' needed for law enforcement to access encrypted devices, FBI director tells panel

James Comey told a House panel that he coudn't quantify how device encryption has affected FBI work, but called it an "obstacle in a huge percentage of our criminal investigations."

Cybersecurity emerging as concern for 911 call centers as they become connected to Internet

As 911 call centers transition to next-generation systems that are connected to the Internet, concerns about cybersecurity among emergency professionals and first responders will grow, a Washington state government technology official recently said during a podcast interview.

USDA eyes BYOD, faces security and workforce challenges

The Agriculture Department is in the process of drafting a bring your own device, or BYOD, strategy but it still has several security and workforce hurdles to overcome, said Joyce Hunter, USDA's acting chief information officer and deputy CIO for policy and planning.