New SIM Card
Will Lead to
Holiday Shopping at Work Raises Risks
EMPLOYEES ARE PLANNING to do more online holiday shopping while on the job this year, a new survey shows. And many will be using
their personal smartphones and tablets.
As a result, IT managers are worried
about corporate network security because
personal devices may be especially vulnerable to being hacked during shopping forays.
This is according to ISACA, a nonprofit IT
advisory group with 95,000 members, most
of whom have IT-related jobs.
In two surveys, ISACA found that the
average American will spend 32 hours shop-
ping online this holiday season, with 18 of
those hours spent on a personal smartphone
or tablet that’s also used for work. Because
those devices connect to corporate networks
and access data at times, precautions need
to be taken to keep hackers at bay, ISACA
A new SIM card, dubbed nano-SIM, will free up room in phones
for additional memory and larger
batteries, allowing manufacturers to create thinner devices,
German card maker Giesecke &
At approximately 12 millimeters
by 9 millimeters, the nano-SIM is
around one-third smaller than the
smallest card currently available
— called a micro-SIM — and about
60% smaller than the traditional
SIM card that is still used in most
phones, Giesecke & Devrient said.
The nano-SIM card is also about
15% thinner than current models,
the company added.
The first phones to incorporate
the new card will arrive next
year, the company said. With
adapters, the format will be
Giesecke & Devrient has
shipped samples to mobile network operators for testing.
Apple, which already uses a
micro-SIM card, has been helping
develop the new form factor. In
It’s only a matter of time before
virtual SIMs take over, accord-
ing to Malik Saadi, an analyst at
Inform Telecoms & Media.
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