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Interestingly enough, many IT organizations are resisting both the use of BYOD devices and mobile cloud services in their enterprise infrastructures. I suppose their heartache over these trends is justified. After all there are security challenges associated with both that need to be solved on a case by case basis. However, what IT needs to realize is that the integration of personal mobile tech and cloud services (and social networking, too, by the way) is happening within their infrastructures whether they like it or not. Thus, IT’s new role has to be that of an enabler so they can make sure these technologies are not just used by employees, but used on IT’s terms. A colleague of mine here at Symantec recently blogged about this very topic. His post can be read here: http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/cloud-social-media and-mobile-come-together-it-becoming-service-organization-0.
2 years, 6 months ago on Mobile Cloud Computing: What Does The Future Hold?
Great tips! As a Symantec employee focused on mobile security and management it may come as a surprise that I agree with the remark that mobile device management (MDM) technology falls short when it comes to BYOD devices. Don’t get me wrong, I think MDM is a critical component of an enterprise mobility strategy. After all, BYOD is rarely the right approach for every employee in every organizations and MDM is a great tool for managing mobile devices where a heavier corporate footprint is necessary. However, most of the time the idea behind BYOD is to lessen the corporate footprint on devices…without compromising security, of course. This is where MDM has a hard time. However, this is where mobile application management (MAM) comes in. MAM lets organizations manage and secure just their apps and data without having to place a stranglehold on entire devices and subsequently incur the costs of completely managing user-owned phones and tablets. So, while I agree that MDM is not quite there in terms of managing BYOD devices, I certainly believe that MAM technology is and can help SMBs get a grip on securing BYOD.
2 years, 7 months ago on The Growing Pains of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in the Workplace
Another important aspect of making sure sensitive company data doesn’t leak out from an employee’s mobile device via a cloud-based storage service is mobile DLP, such as that made by Symantec, the company I work for. In essence, Symantec Data Loss Prevention for Mobile allows IT departments to monitor and control the transmission of confidential data from mobile devices without restricting users’ access to applications.
2 years, 9 months ago on Managing Mobile Devices Connecting To The Cloud
As a Symantec employee focused on mobile security, I agree that the fact of the matter is - as you well put it - that mobile devices are becoming an integral part of our everyday lives. As such, they store a lot of our sensitive information. The amount of mobile malware is nowhere near the level it is on the PC, but mobile devices did in 2011 and will increasingly in 2012 present an attractive target for cybercriminals. It’s very true that today’s mobile platforms offer improved in-built security over traditional computing platforms, but weaknesses still persist that must be accounted for. This is actually the topic of a whitepaper we wrote a few months back: http://bit.ly/vU9tzT.
3 years, 2 months ago on The Business of Mobile Security: Trends of 2011