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27 Jun 2017

How Enterprises Protect Themselves Against Warnings Because Of WhatsApp

A German court today ruled that WhatsApp violates the data protection law and WhatsApp users can be warned theoretically. When using WhatsApp, the phone numbers of all contacts in the address book are automatically passed on to the messenger. According to the judgment of the District Court of Bad Hersfeld (Germany), WhatsApp thereby violates the right of the users to informational self-determination. The judgment ultimately affects not only private users, but also companies and authorities that use WhatsApp for business purposes. Many enterprises are now wondering how they could be affected by warnings and how they can protect themselves against such warnings.

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12 Jun 2017

Teamwire Releases Managed Groups and Managed Chats

Teamwire today announced new Managed Groups and associated Managed Chats for its enterprise messaging app. These new groups enable enterprises to centrally manage, control and where necessary adapt chats to participants. All in all, enterprises with new Managed Groups and Managed Chats can improve productivity, simplify administration and increase security.

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6 May 2017

Teamwire at MobileIron Live 2017

Teamwire is going to take part in the MobileIron Live! in Berlin from 1st to 2nd June, 2017. MobileIron Live! is the premier global event for enterprise mobile security excellence. The event brings together decision makers, leading software vendors and experts from all segments of the IT community.

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13 Mar 2017

Vault 7 and the Consequences for Enterprise Messengers

WikiLeaks released a series of documents, which describe surveillance activities and capabilities of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the last couple of years. Especially they explain in detail how the CIA performs electronic surveillance and cyber warfare. These documents, which are called Vault 7, are currently all over the news and get enterprises to worry about the security of their mobile devices and services in use. Is enterprise data on mobile devices safe? Can enterprises protect communication with strong encryption? Are enterprise messengers secure?

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21 Feb 2017

The Disadvantages of Microsoft Teams and Slack for Enterprise Messaging

In evaluations for an enterprise messaging app, customers sometimes compare Teamwire with Microsoft Teams and Slack, which are well-marketed tools from the USA. Slack is a chat-based cloud collaboration tool, which is popular among startups for its integrations. Microsoft Teams is basically a clone of Slack and has more or less the same features. (Microsoft was kind of late to the enterprise messaging market, and Teams is its move to not miss out.) European enterprises often come to the conclusion in evaluations, that Microsoft Teams and Slack are not the right enterprise messaging apps for them. Here is why:

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1 Feb 2017

How to Identify if Your Enterprise Has a Shadow IT and a Whatsapp Problem?

The majority of executives and IT managers are normally unaware how many unauthorized shadow IT or shadow cloud apps and services their employees are using. Cloud apps and services are easy to use without oversight, they can be quickly adopted by employees or teams to solve business problems, and often no formal involvement of the enterprise's IT department is required. Since there is a huge demand for messaging for the internal business communication, if there is no enterprise messaging app available, employees are quick to use Whatsapp as an insecure and unprotected alternative (please read our blog posts on the disadvantagesdamages and security of Whatsapp). Actually many businesses currently have a huge Whatsapp problem as part of the shadow IT, because they haven't deployed an enterprise messaging app yet.

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25 Jan 2017

Should Businesses Worry About The Encryption and Security of Whatsapp?

There has been a huge discussion recently about a security vulnerability of Whatsapp, which some people quickly proclaimed as a "backdoor" for governments to snoop on users. A new analysis by a security researcher showed that Whatsapp could read some messages due to the way WhatsApp has implemented its end-to-end encryption protocol. Some security experts say that the vulnerability is a known “trade-off” due to the size of Whatsapp's user base and can hardly be used for mass surveillance. However, since Whatsapp always highlights its privacy and security, this raises some serious questions for its users. Enterprises and employees, which use Whatsapp for business purposes, ask themselves if they can rely on the encryption and security of Whatsapp?

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