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BYOD security strategies: Balancing BYOD risks and rewards
This article is part of the February 2013/ Volume 15 / No. 1 issue of Information Security magazine
Mobile devices come in all shapes and sizes, from smartphones, notebooks and tablets, to the new-breed hybrid convertibles and detatchables that made headlines at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013. While mobility boosts enterprise employee efficiency by delivering "anywhere access" to business data and systems, it obliterates what's left of the increasingly ineffective corporate network perimeter. Many security managers have already discovered the disconcerting implications: less control than ever over enterprise data access from a myriad of consumer devices—including a groundswell of bring your own devices (BYODs)—and more difficulty determining which devices are accessing which systems and data. So it's no surprise that as use of personal mobile devices grows and becomes pervasive inside and outside the office, employers are struggling to enable secure use of BYODs. Anthony Peters, director of information technology at Burr Pilger Mayer Inc., a 400-strong financial services firm headquartered in San Francisco, said his tidy, ...
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