Security innovations at CES 2012

While CES is not historically synonymous with security technology, there were a few interesting innovations around mobile security that caught my eye at this year’s event.

Intel continues to push its Identity Protection Technology (IPT) and Anti-Theft (AT) technology as part of the ultrabook introduction. I particularly like this as it allows for both more secure access and remote lock and disabling of the device.

Samsung also introduced some security related features with its new Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet. The device is the first of the company’s ‘SAFE’ or ‘Samsung Approved for Enterprise’ devices. SAFE is a set of features and tools aimed at customers who favor enterprise-friendly capabilities over complex ones. This includes apps such as mobile device management, on-device encryption, virtual private network and corporate email/calendar/contacts.

Trend Micro also made waves on the security front. It introduced a new mobile application and associated services that protect Android devices from malicious apps and dangerous websites. The basic features of the app are free (app scanner, lost device protection and enhanced security that blocks inappropriate content while browsing the Internet, calling or texting). As is becoming commonplace in the app market, it also offers enhanced features, which require a monthly fee of $2.50 or $30 per year.

As I walked round CES it was great to see that, as consumer technology continues to advance, security has not been forgotten. With more and more consumer devices being put to use in the enterprise, it has never been more important to ensure that you are secure, no matter what device you choose.

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