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Naming Mobile Security's Spirit Animal

Dan Jones
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In amongst the serious and sometimes scary topics bought up at Thursday's Mobile Network Security Strategies event, there were also a striking number of references to animals by speakers throughout the event.

Animals referenced included:

  • Ducks
  • Deer
  • Rabbits
  • Sharks
  • Jellyfish

Humans and zombies also featured in the metaphorical menagerie whipped up at the Westin Hotel in New York City Thursday. Mobile security is a difficult and dense topic with many layers, so I suppose the animals were there to give attendees some concrete imagery -- like deer jumping over fences -- to latch onto.

Almost no one -- apart from Heavy Reading senior analyst Patrick Donegan and a couple of the people on the day's many panels -- however, talked about the elephant in the room: the continuing revelations about mobile operators in the US handing over customer data to the NSA.

It would have been interesting to see what animal references that would have dragged up.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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12/9/2013 | 2:44:12 PM
Re: Jellyfish & shark, oh my!
I think they were trying to illustrate how M2M and the massive expansion of devices means you can't take a traditional approach to LTE security.

Rather than a single diver protected by a cage in a shark tank there are millions of jellyfish, so using a protective cage for each becomes totally impractical.

 But, yeah, jellyfish sting and I'm not sure sharks actually eat them so...
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12/9/2013 | 2:37:32 PM
Re: Jellyfish & shark, oh my!
Yeah, that one confused me a bit. Various types of animals jumping over various size fences was more clear. Don't forget, we were also giving out monkey-shaped stress balls and served chicken for lunch...lots of animals all day.
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12/8/2013 | 9:10:22 PM
Re: Jellyfish & shark, oh my!
Having not been at the conference, I guess I'm hearing this out of context, but the jellyfish and sharks statement is pretty bizarre. Besides, do jellyfish really need to be protected from anything? They sting...
Carol Wilson
Carol Wilson,
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12/8/2013 | 8:32:02 AM
Re: Jellyfish & shark, oh my!
You forgot the turtle, Dan. There was an wonderful image from Ed Amoroso of AT&T of building your security system in stages and how just doing the basics creates a fence that would only stop a turtle. 

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12/6/2013 | 5:05:07 PM
Jellyfish & shark, oh my!
There was a reference to masses of jellyfish protected by lots of tiny cages from sharks at some point during the day that made my brain hurt a little bit but some people LOVED it.
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