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November 2008

Diverse mobile devices changing security paradigm

ENTERPRISE IT SECURITY teams simply can't stop the crop of new mobile devices sprouting up in their environments. From Symbian to BlackBerry, more than 32 million smartphones were sold worldwide in the first quarter of 2008, up 30 percent over last year, according to Gartner. Apple's iPhone is forcing many organizations to rethink how they deal with employee-owned devices. To not just survive but thrive in the age of workforce mobility, enterprises must develop more creative strategies for enabling business use of smartphones and PDAs, including those that cannot be fully managed and secured. Amrit Williams, CTO at configuration management company BigFix, says attempting to ban cool new mobile devices is a losing battle. "We're finding that IT is no longer in a position to inhibit technology that improves business productivity. These devices are now just too ubiquitous and too indispensable," he says. "Instead of finding ways to stop iPhones from accessing Salesforce.com, IT needs to be thinking about how to extract higher value...

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