Friday Notebook, March 1: Teradici on KVM, Post-Perimeter Security Alliance

Also: Mobile threat data, Intune Company Portal, Knox and OEMConfic, MWC 2019, VMC on Azure?, Android security, Fleetsmith and Chrome, and more!

This is our weekly log of desktop virtualization, enterprise mobility, and end user computing news.

Our blog posts

Kyle and Jack: What we learned about mobile security from real-world mobile threat defense customer data. Malware installs remain low, sideloading is surprisingly high, everyone agrees phishing is a threat, but there’s little consensus on network threats.

Kyle: How does Microsoft’s digital workspace app compare to VMware and Citrix's? Citrix and VMware aren’t alone in offering a digital workspace experience, but does Microsoft’s stack up?

Jack: Samsung Knox will support OEMConfig, and is eyeing more IoT support. Samsung outlines their tactical and strategic plans to continue the success of Knox.

Jack: Mobile World Congress 2019 shows the value of a good unified endpoint management strategy. There was important news about FIDO and Samsung Knox, as well as buzz around foldable phones and HoloLens 2. But for EUC, it’s all coming at a manageable pace.

Industry news

Teradici this week announced that Teradici Cloud Access Software now supports KVM hypervisors. It’s available today in beta, and will go GA in May. Cloud Access seems to be the offering that they’re leading with the most these days; last year I covered their venture into brokering.

Mobile threat defense vendor Lookout is announcing a program called the Post-Perimeter Security Alliance. The idea is that members will work together to ensure interoperability for zero trust, conditional access, and post-perimeter use cases. Initial members include Google Cloud, BlackBerry, Okta, SentinelOne, and VMware. We’ll check out more from the partners next week at RSA.

The Information (via GeekWire) reported rumors that VMware and Microsoft are working on a partnership similar to the now very popular VMC on AWS partnership. This would surely be just as popular, so we’ll see what happens. Marius Sandbu pointed out that something similar to this was in the works before—see these VMware and Microsoft blog posts from 2017. Redmond Magazine also talked about the plans in early 2018.

Almost every week, the Android security team is out there talking about improvements they’ve made in Android or Google Play. I’m more than happy to help spread the word, if anything, to help reach people that still have outdated notions about Android security. With that, here’s this week’s post: the team talks about the progress of the Application Security Improvement Program, which is now five years old. Also, as mentioned in our Mobile World Congress coverage, the team announced that Google Play Protect, the mobile threat defense app that comes with Google Mobile Services, will now be on by default. Last, but not least, Android 7.0+ is now certified for FIDO2.

Mac management vendor Fleetsmith wrote about updates to how Fleetsmith Manage deploys Chrome. Basically, they made sure that it was easy to implement all of Google’s security recommendations. This is some really good attention to detail. Also in Fleetsmith news, the company announced a new MSP partner program last week.

More notes and reads

What’s new in Citrix Workspace for February.

Via Mary Jo Foley: Think of the Microsoft HoloLens as a front end for Azure. Also, Mary Jo takes a look at Microsoft’s Chromebook-compete strategy. These are both interesting reads.

Workplace by Facebook now has 2 million paying users. (Via TechCrunch.) While it’s hard for anyone to be a fan of Facebook these days, I am a fan of the concept of Workplace—bringing modern collaboration tools to frontline employees.

Have you heard about Christiaan Brinkhoff and Bas van Kaam’s Byte-Sized Book project? They’re collecting 250-word tips about cloud computing from as many people as possible. I just contributed, and so can you! You have about a month left—check it out here.

Former Windows leader Steven Sinofsky is a great follow on Twitter. This week’s example: “Many will say I am wrong but touch just doesn’t work on legacy apps except for some browsing (tapping links) or occasionally moving a file. This is what we learned in w/touch on Windows 7 and why touch on desktop is more myth than reality. (come @ me w/anecdotes)

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