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TMCNet:  Fixmo Labs Unveiled at RSA to Foster Innovation in Mobile Device Vulnerability Discovery, Fraud Prevention and Risk Intelligence

[February 25, 2013]

Fixmo Labs Unveiled at RSA to Foster Innovation in Mobile Device Vulnerability Discovery, Fraud Prevention and Risk Intelligence

SAN FRANCISCO --(Business Wire)--

Fixmo, a leading provider of mobile security and risk management solutions, today announced Fixmo Labs, a research and commercialization entity for fostering innovation and advancement in the industry's approach to securing the next generation of mobile computing.

Through collaboration with global leaders in IT security research, including Singapore's Institute for Infocomm Research (I²R), Fixmo Labs will foster advanced mobile security research projects and will commercialize resulting technologies for use by device manufacturers, security solution vendors, enterprise customers and others in the industry. With a focus on exploit prevention and risk mitigation in the age of consumerization, Fixmo Labs will engage in research and development projects in the following key areas:

  • Mobile device vulnerability discovery, threat detection and risk assessment
  • Advanced authentication, integrity verification and fraud prevention techniques
  • Risk analysis and actionable risk intelligence
  • Advanced techniques for Data Leak Prevention (DLP) on mobile devices

Fixmo Labs research and development will be done in cooperation with other leaders the industry. In addition to I2R, Fixmo is collaborating with Lockheed Martin as well as Capitol College- an NSA and DHS National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

"Fixmo Labs is taking a different approach to mobile security research," sad Dan Ford (News - Alert), Chief Security Officer at Fixmo. "Rather than focus on discovering malware after it has been released, Fixmo Labs will help uncover OS vulnerabilities and potential attack vectors BEFORE they are exploited, and will work with industry partners to develop solutions to mitigate the resulting risks. It will also investigate new methodologies for strong authentication and identity verification that go beyond the limitations of traditional passwords and hardware-based two-factor authentication."


At RSA (News - Alert), Fixmo will demonstrate initial research, including the following joint projects:

  • Fixmo and Lockheed Martin will demonstrate the innovative Mandrake SG™ Secure Gesture technology for advanced user authentication on touch screen. This technology uses human motor memory to enable gesture-based user authentication considered to be more secure than a 14-character randomly generated password. The two companies are collaborating to bring this technology Fixmo SafeZone as well as to other security vendors, app developers and platform providers in the industry. Visit booth #135 or #341 for a live demonstration at RSA.
  • Fixmo and I²R will demonstrate new techniques for mobile OS vulnerability discovery, verification and exploit prevention. This research project is expected to lead to commercial technology for automating the discovery of security vulnerabilities in Android (News - Alert), iOS and other mobile operating systems before they are discovered and exploited by hackers and attackers. Visit booth #135 for a live demonstration and more information.

"With the increasing use of mobile devices globally, mobile applications and OS vulnerabilities are being increasingly exploited to compromise security and integrity of individuals and businesses alike. The techniques developed by I2R and Fixmo Labs can proactively pre-empt mobile OS vulnerabilities and enable businesses and consumers to protect their data from cyber attacks. The RSA Conference is a perfect platform for us to showcase this cutting-edge technology to the industry," said Dr. Tan Geok Leng, Executive Director of I2R.

As an output of the research and development initiatives, Fixmo Labs will offer commercial products, services, and data feeds for discovered threats and vulnerabilities to other security vendors, device manufacturers, mobile operators, fraud detection services, financial institutions and enterprises.

"Fixmo Labs is squarely focused on creating new technologies and services to help the industry at large mitigate the mounting security risks associated with mobile technologies," said Lee Cocking, Vice President of Risk Intelligence at Fixmo. "We look forward to demonstrating new technologies at the RSA conference for mobile OS vulnerability discovery and advanced user authentication on touch screen devices. These will be the first of many exciting research and development projects that we will drive at Fixmo Labs."

For more information on Fixmo Labs and the associated research projects, please visit http://fixmo.com/labs online or visit Fixmo at booth 0135 at the RSA conference in San Francisco.

About Fixmo

Fixmo Inc. is the mobile risk management company that helps organizations identify, mitigate and manage the risks associated with mobile devices in the workplace. The company's MRM solutions enable protected and compliant mobile computing, helping organizations embrace a wide range of mobile devices and applications while maintaining system integrity, protecting confidential data and proving regulatory compliance. Fixmo's MRM technology has been developed as part of a Co-operative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. National Security Agency (News - Alert) (NSA). Fixmo is headquartered in Sterling, Virginia and Toronto, Canada (http://fixmo.com).

About Institute for Infocomm Research (I²R)

The Institute for Infocomm Research (I²R pronounced as i-squared-r) is a member of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR (News - Alert)) family. Established in 2002, our mission is to be the globally preferred source of innovations in `Interactive Secured Information, Content and Services Anytime Anywhere' through research by passionate people dedicated to Singapore's economic success. I²R performs R&D in information, communications and media (ICM) technologies to develop holistic solutions across the ICM value chain. Our research capabilities are in information technology, wireless and optical communication networks, interactive and digital media, signal processing and computing. We seek to be the infocomm and media value creator that keeps Singapore ahead. For more information about I2R, please visit www.i2r.a-star.edu.sg.


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