San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 13, 2011
Mocana, a company that focuses on smart device security, today announced that award-winning journalist and author Robert Vamosi has joined the company as a senior analyst. His newest non-fiction book, When Gadgets Betray Us, was just released by Basic Books and is available now from Amazon.com and bookstores nationwide. Kirkus Reviews recently called the new book "An erudite wake-up call."
Mr. Vamosi brings over ten years of security journalism experience to Mocana, and has long covered security technologies for national outlets such as ZDNet, CNET, CBS News, PCWorld, and Forbes. In 2005, Mr. Vamosi received a Maggie Award from the Western Publishing Association. Most recently he worked in the financial services industry as an analyst specializing in security, risk management, and fraud.
When Gadgets Betray Us looks at the security consequences of convenience in the modern world. From digital cameras and MP3 players to implanted medical devices and multiple computers inside our cars, in the rush to embrace the “next new thing,” real concerns about information security and privacy often fall by the wayside.
"We have a tendency to abdicate common sense when it comes to our favorite gadgets. That’s ironic, because the security bar actually needs to be higher than it is with PCs since these devices are so much more closely integrated into our lives. Our growing personal ‘entourage’ of connected digital gadgets can help us accomplish amazing things–but we as users need to demand the security we deserve on these platforms." Vamosi said. "I hope this book causes people to ask the tough questions of the manufacturers and software developers that are flooding into this market."
Mocana CEO Adrian Turner said, “We’re thrilled to have been able to attract a top-flight security journalist like Robert to our team. He’ll be instrumental in helping us educate the market, including enterprises and consumers, about the importance of securing the Internet of Things the right way, now.”
As Mocana’s senior analyst, Mr. Vamosi will build thought leadership by taking over editorial responsibilities for Mocana's blogs, video and white paper libraries. He will also be responsible for publishing Mocana’s quarterly smart device security reports, educational programs, speechwriting and industry-event outreach. Mr. Vamosi holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Northwestern University.
"Mocana is way out in front of other vendors when you’re talking about the security of smart devices," said Vamosi. "Their device-independent platform approach to solving smart device security in a holistic way puts them in a class of their own. They understand that device security is about more than smartphones –it’s also about dozens of other classes of devices described in my book, connecting to networks."
Recently, Mocana announced the creation of a new “Smart Device Threat Center” knowledgebase and website. The Mocana SDTC will be the web’s first centralized repository of information on smart device-based threats, hacks, vulnerabilities, viruses and malware. The SDTC will differ from existing threat centers by addressing diverse smart device segments, beyond the smartphone, and the apps and services that run on these smart devices. In short, Mocana’s SDTC will centralize information about threats to virtually anything that connects to the Internet that isn’t a PC.
Mocana is developing the industry’s only device-independent Smart Device Security Platform that secures all aspects of IP addressable devices as well as the information, applications and services that run on them. Mocana’s solutions dramatically increase confidence, trust and compliance among OEMs, service providers and their customers. Every day, millions of people use products sold by over 150 companies that leverage Mocana's Device Security solutions, including Cisco, Honeywell, Dell, General Electric, General Dynamics, Avaya and Harris, among others. Mocana won Frost & Sullivan’s Technology Innovation of the Year award for 2008 for Device Security, and was named to the Red Herring “GLOBAL 100” as one of the top 100 privately-held technology companies in the world in 2009.