Submitted by Micah Smith on Thu, 09/28/2017 - 15:56
On-The-Go cyber-security.
On-The-Go cyber-security.

The results are in, most of us (especially those reading the CyberHub Summit blogs) have a basic understanding of what being cyber-safer actually means.

Not only do you pay for IT security in your workspace, you probably also invest in cyber security in your private life too. Although it's now sadly safe to say, work and play in the innovative and overlapping era of disruption are heavily intertwined.

If you haven't answered work emails, calls, checked accounts through your cell phone, you are in the vast minority. Not only this, but if you hold some awareness of the developing trends in hacking, you probably also have some kind of security on your other personalized devices as well. This would go to include all your wireless devices as laptops and cell phones, which we know are just as vulnerable to cyber breaches.

The IT market, saturated with cell phones, apps, games is lacking choice in updated wireless security products.  Well, not completely. Areas that are undergoing huge changes right now are biometrics and encryption, both standard operating features on Android and iPhone.

In biometrics, although fingerprints and eye ball scanning are very 'Jason Bourne' these biometric identifiers are not changeable, so if stolen, or changed in the database, it will be a huge problem.

On the other side of the coin, though, biometrics are as easy as pie as there are no long codes to remember.  The importance of keeping things simple for the end user cannot be over stated, firstly it means that the technology is actually used and secondly, it's harder to make mistakes.

Phones now can utilize either file based or full disk encryption.  In other words, you can either padlock singular files with different keys or everything with a key. This is standard AES encryption. Encryption further incorporates the development of hardware chips (such as in the iPhone 7) which actually improves read and writing speed as opposed to software based-tech. 

That’s the current state of affairs yet development is the name of the game and the Big boys are on the field. Although currently prices for additional new beefed-up phone security at set at 'extortionate,' this is sure to change. 

Whilst Apple was pulling out their newest iPhone, they weren’t the only ones. Sirin Labs are way ahead of the mobile game and making huge moves with Solarin.

Solarin, the proposed Android cellphone with blockchain technology from last year, is set to pioneer a line of smartphone and computers that use blockchain. Sirin Labs’s would-be phones will support blockchain applications, with peer-to-peer resource sharing that depends on digital tokens, minted by Sirin.

Sirin Labs' big plan with the $72million they raised seems to be to transform their tech that had originally been intended for the world's safest phone to the world's safest cyber appliance. Mr Hogeg, founder of Sirin commented "We decided to take the core offering and to wrap it with a new sleek design that’s a fraction of the cost, so it can serve the crypto community, and their growing need for enhanced security".

The question remains will the public start to heed the advice of the expert and pay for this advanced tech? Will there be new cyber laws where they have to? 

Although IT experts chant Cell phone security warnings, daily, at the public, due to inflated costs, many are turning a blind eye and happily emailing, transferring payments and doing business on their phones, without taking any real precautions. This is without a doubt still the status quo, which we feel is in desperate need of an upgrade.

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