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Apple's iPhone 5S reopens debate on sensor data collection

Antone Gonsalves | Sept. 13, 2013
While data collected from sensors can be useful to hackers, it can also help defend against them by alerting companies to unusual behavior

While data collected from sensors can be useful to hackers, it can also help defend against them, Hoog said. Security vendors can use such information to build a profile of how people use their phone, and alert companies when there is unusual behavior.

The bottom line is when deciding whether to support a new smartphone on a corporate network, companies should first consider whether any new enhancements hurt security and then ask themselves, "What is their appetite for risk and can they move forward (with the new device)," Hoog said.

Apple unveiled on Tuesday the iPhone 5S and a less-expensive model, the iPhone 5C. They are expected to be available Sept. 20.

 

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