Friday Notebook, October 12: Apple DEP security issues aren’t a huge problem

Also: TIghter Android data permissions; Centrify; Windows 10 1809; Citrix Workspace Hub; Google Cloud Next London; and more.

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

Our blog posts

Kyle: Citrix Workspace Hub: Labor of love; not a full-fledged thin client option. WSH offers organizations a low-cost thin client option, provided one doesn’t need all the bells and whistles.

Jack: Infographic: When to use MDM, MAM, and other EMM techniques. I updated the EMM techniques infographic for October that shows EMM solutions for different use cases. Please check it out and let me know your thoughts.

Kyle: Google Next London: Google Cloud continues to show how it gets the enterprise. New features announced for identity and security in Google Cloud products, including CICP, secure LDAP, and Alert Control for G Suite.

Industry news

We covered potential security issues with the Apple DEP enrollment process in two previous Friday notebooks (August 24 and September 28). Despite a bit of sensationalism in a few articles about the issue, the collective reaction of the EMM industry is calm and reserved, and with good reason—common security practices can mitigate the threats. See blog posts from MobileIron and Arsen Bandurian.

Google Play is tightening app access to SMS and call log permissions. (Via Google’s Android Developers Blog.)

Centrify, which was earlier this summer acquired by an investment firm, is spinning off its IDaaS business into a new company, Idaptive, and concentrating on privileged identity management. I’ll have a calls with them soon to catch up and learn about their plans, so stay tuned.

I was on vacation when the Bloomberg’s “The Big Hack” story about rogue spy chips on motherboards from Chinese suppliers, but I found John Gruber’s series of articles at Daring Fireball to be a good way to catch up. (See here, here, here, here, here.) This whole thing is pretty odd, but I’m sure it’s inspiring a lot of conversations and concerns among enterprise security teams.

I was also on vacation for the Windows 10 1809 update that was deleting use data. Also yikes! I think just about all of us agree with the calls made by many over the last few years (for example, most recently by Mary Jo Foley) for Microsoft to spend more time on stability.

And for the last thing that I missed last week while I was out: Kyle mention improvements to Chrome extension security in the Friday Notebook,  and I’ll highlight them again. I think this a pretty big deal, considering how they’re still the wild west, at least compared to Play and Android.

Earlier this year, we covered FSLogix Cloud Cache, and now this week it's finally out.

Citrix announced a new partner program, called the Citrix Ready Workspace Security Program. This sounds similar to the VMware Workspace One Trust Network.

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