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May 2012

Thwarting BYOD risks starts with a mobile security policy, experts say

IT security pros mulling over an investment in a new mobile device management (MDM) system in order to reduce BYOD risks should first conduct a thorough review of their mobile device security policies to get a better understanding of how the y plan to use the MDM technology. That was the message from a variety of security experts at InfoSec World Conference and Expo 2012 held in April. Far too many enterprises are selecting and implementing MDM technology and then failing to understand how to use its capabilities to the fullest, says Diana Kelley, founder and principal analyst at consulting firm Security Curve. “Once they get it deployed, they quickly realize they don’t know how to manage the tool and they’re not using it effectively,” Kelley says. In fact, a variety of businesses can use security features already native to most Google Android and Apple iOS devices, Kelley says. Both mobile platforms provide remote lock and wipe capabilities as well as support for password management for mitigating BYOD risks. Although its ...

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