AT&T aims to sidestep shareholder request on surveillance data


AT&T has asked regulators to let it ignore a shareholder request for details of its customer-information sharing with government agencies, a move that could forestall a heated debate at the telecommunications giant's annual meeting.

The No. 2 U.S. mobile operator made the request in a December 5 letter to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in response to shareholder activists pressing it on the matter. Among them is New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who is the trustee of the state retirement fund.

US concern over Huawei telecoms deal with South Korea


The heads of two U.S. Senate committees overseeing national security have expressed concern to the Obama administration over a recent network supply deal between China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and Washington ally South Korea.

South Korea, which hosts some 28,000 U.S. soldiers to deter potential provocation from North Korea, said Huawei's (Shenzhen, China) deal to supply mobile network equipment does raise security concerns, but it had no immediate plan to look into the issue. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is due to visit Seoul later this week as part of a broader Asia trip.

Global M2M Growth Potential Hinges on Security, Remote Programmability and Interoperability

M2M applications across diverse geographical and vertical markets worldwide give rise to an increasingly fragmented ecosystem


“As continued deployments of machine to machine (M2M) applications across diverse geographical and vertical markets worldwide give rise to an increasingly fragmented ecosystem, industry players must put security, remote programmability and interoperability at the heart of their plans for development, or risk inhibiting the sector’s prospects for growth,” says Bruno Basquin, Chair of the M2M and eUICC Working Group at SIMalliance.

Verizon launches cloud security platform for M2M services

US operator Verizon has launched a new cloud-based platform aimed at providing security for a variety of M2M services.

According to Verizon (New York City, NY, USA), while the number of internet-connected cars, smart meters and home-monitoring systems has been growing at a dramatic pace, the cybersecurity services designed to safeguard these applications are proving to be inadequate.

Branded Managed Certificate Services, the operator’s “next-generation” platform is aimed at addressing what Verizon sees as an emerging technology risk.

Spy scandal weighs on US tech firms in China, Cisco takes hit


U.S. technology companies including Cisco Systems Inc, International Business Machines Corp and Microsoft Corp may face new challenges selling their goods and services in China as fallout from the U.S. spying scandal starts to take a toll.

Cisco (San Jose, CA, USA) shares tumbled 11 percent on Thursday, a day after it warned that revenue could drop as much as 10 percent this quarter, and continue to contract through the middle of next year, in part due to a backlash in China after revelations about U.S. government surveillance programs.

Deutsche Telekom to offer firms 'clean pipe' against hackers


Deutsche Telekom said it would launch a secure internet service next year for smaller companies that find it hard to pay for defenses against sophisticated forms of cyber crime.

The firm presented the plan at a cyber security conference at its Bonn headquarters as a diplomatic row rages between the United States and Europe over spying accusations.

Last month Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) urged German communications companies to cooperate in shielding local internet traffic from foreign intelligence services.

Mako teams up with Sprint on secure transactions

Network management and security specialist Mako Networks has teamed up with Sprint to provide services for the operator’s mobile customers.

According to the company’s statement, the deal will see Mako’s (Auckland, New Zealand) technology added to Sprint’s (Overland Park, KS, USA) portfolio of services for retailers and distributed enterprises.

ILS Technology tops M2M security ranking: ABI Research

M2M platform provider ILS Technology has topped a new security ranking compiled by ABI Research, with Axeda and Sierra Wireless coming in second and third places respectively.

The assessment looked at eight security providers, comparing the companies on several criteria related to product implementation and vendor innovation.

Besides topping a ranking on security, ILS Technology (Boca Raton, FL, USA) also came first in the innovation category, followed by Axeda (Foxboro, MA, USA) in second place and Numerex (Atlanta, GA, USA) in third.

US court defends its support for collecting phone data


The surveillance court that oversees the U.S. government's massive collection of telephone data gave its fullest defense to date on Tuesday of why it considers the program lawful, despite the uproar after its existence was made public in June.

In an opinion dated August 29 and released on Tuesday, Judge Claire Eagan of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court wrote that the program did not violate the basic privacy rights of Americans and was authorized under the 2001 law known as the Patriot Act.

Cisco to buy Sourcefire, more network security deals seen


Cisco Systems Inc said on Tuesday it plans to purchase cybersecurity company Sourcefire Inc for $2.7 billion, a deal that analysts say should spark more acquisitions in the industry as large vendors seek to profit from growing demand for IT security.

Cisco (San Jose, CA, USA), which has been seeking targets to boost its network security business, said it will pay $76 per share in cash for Sourcefire (Columbia, MD, USA), a premium of 28.6 percent over its closing price on Monday of $59.08.

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