The security week that was: 08/20/10 (Encrypted emails)

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Finally, it's not like RIM/BlackBerry is the only encrypted communications provider. What would these nations do next? Would they go after secure communications providers like Gmail, Skype, Hushmail, most company's internal email systems, and even security certificate providers like Comodo and Thawte? According to this article, that might not be such a far-fetched idea! I suspect that these nations will eventually acquiesce quietly to RIM's ability to preserve encryption, but we'll keep tracking this topic for you.

For another angle on smartphone security, take a look at my blog post on The Security Check this week, which looks at biometrics and a fingerprint smudge hack for access smartphones.

In other news
Flir acquires ICx, Intel gets into cybersecurity, new chairman at PSIA, dealer acquistions

Thermal and night vision imaging solutions manufacturer Flir announced this week that it is acquiring homeland security products developer ICx Technologies to expand its advanced sensor capabilities in several markets… Computer chip maker Intel is acquiring security software maker McAfee for $7.68 billion in an effort to bolster the security of its chips and generate new revenue… VidSys' Dave Fowler has been named the new chairman of IP standards group the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA), succeeding Robert Hile who served as chairman for two consecutive terms… Airlines are becoming more concerned about rechargeable lithium ion batteries following several incidents in which they overheated and started a fire. … Lots of news of alarm dealer acquisitions, including one by Stanley CSS.