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May 2012

Mobile device management systems help mitigate BYOD risks

Multi-platform mobile device management systems are gaining a foothold in enterprises anxious to meet the needs of today's expanding mobile workforce. While no silver bullet, MDM technology can give IT centralized, scalable visibility and control over the unruly bring-your-own device (BYOD) trend. In a recent study by Ponemon Institute, most organizations agreed that mobile devices created business risk but were important to achieving business objectives. However, just 39 percent had deployed security controls needed to address that risk; fewer than half of those could enforce mobile security policies. Unfortunately, this lax governance has already resulted in non-compliance and data breaches. In Ponemon’s survey, 59 percent said employees disengaged fundamental measures such as passwords; another 12 percent were unsure. It should therefore come as no surprise that half of those organizations had experienced mobile data loss during the past year. Given the rash of employee-owned smartphones and tablets now finding their way into...

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