Fred Donovan

Biography for Fred Donovan

Fred Donovan is the senior editor of FierceMobileIT and FierceITSecurity. Prior to joining FierceMarkets, he was a freelance writer working for Infosecurity Magazine, Report on Patient Privacy newsletter, and other security- and IT-related publications. Prior to that, he worked as a Booz Allen Hamilton analyst for the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity office and the U.S. Air Force. He gets excited about the latest mobile and IT security developments and is also an avid lover of the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots, and Cape Cod, where he lives with his lovely wife Christy and beautiful daughter Katie. Email Fred at fdonovan@fiercemarkets.com and follow @FierceFred1 on Twitter.

Articles by Fred Donovan

Security issue with Trane ComfortLink II thermostats highlights broader IoT security risk, says Cisco's Talos

Cisco's Talos Group has identified security vulnerabilities in commercial smart thermostats made by Trane that could enable an attacker to gain access to the entire network through the vulnerable devices.

Spotlight: HERE Maps updates app, expands number of cities with transit directions

HERE Maps updated Monday its iOS and Android apps, adding a number of new cities for which it provides transit directions

Apple plugs more than 100 flaws in its latest iOS security update

Apple has issued a security update for iOS 9 that plugs more than a hundred security flaws in the mobile operating system.

Business users should find Android Wear update something to shout about

Business users of Android Wear smartwatches should be happy with the recent updates made by Google to its Android Wear software.

India's HCL teams with Microsoft on IoT incubation center in Redmond

The Internet of Things knows no geographic boundaries, as evidenced by the alliance announced Monday between India's HCL Technologies and Microsoft to launch an IoT incubation center in Redmond.

Will IoT force fundamental rethink of chip design?

It seems that the Internet of Things could force chip makers like Intel to overhaul their chip making techniques.

Northbridge Financial opts for Encircle app, PRIV phone to update insurance claims processing system

Northbridge Financial, a commercial property and casualty insurance management firm based in Toronto, wanted to update its legacy claims processing system. The company opted to use the Encircle platform, a suite of mobile productivity tools for claims adjusters and policyholders, and to run the platform on BlackBerry's new Android-powered PRIV smartphone.

Despite Windows 10 Mobile troubles, VAIO joins ranks of firms offering smartphones running the OS

Despite Windows 10 Mobile's rocky start, yet another manufacturer has signed up to make a smartphone running the mobile operating system. The manufacturer is none other than VAIO, the former laptop unit of Sony that is now owned by Japan Industrial Partners, which just launched its VAIO Phone Biz.

Couchbase updates mobile app platform with improved management controls, data-at-rest encryption

To help enterprises address the exploding demand for mobile apps, Couchbase on Thursday unveiled the latest version of its mobile app development platform, Mobile 1.2.

Spotlight: Mozilla shuts down its Firefox OS for smartphones

Mozilla put the final nail in the Firefox OS for smartphones coffin on Thursday, declaring that it would end develop of the OS after the version 2.6 release in an email to developers.