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MDM products: More calls to secure a mobile workforce
This article is part of the June 2013 / Volume 15 / No. 5 issue of Information Security magazine
The consumerization of IT, and the enormous popularity of touchscreen devices such as Apple iPads and Google Android tablets, is uprooting traditional approaches to mobile device management (MDM) and data security. Mobile innovations and demand for IT support of the latest devices from the rank-and-file—and C-level executives—can result in cost benefits, despite the security implications of mobile applications and devices that may not be visible to IT. Currently, 63% of companies support bring your own device (BYOD) environments in some shape or form. However, workers’ preferences for Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android mobile operating systems are driving out enterprise-friendly platforms such as BlackBerry’s longtime OS (now called BlackBerry 10) and Microsoft’s Windows Mobile OS. As MDM solutions continue to evolve, next generation technologies are geared to help CISOs move beyond consumer-oriented endpoints and their inherent security tradeoffs. Employees expect their devices to have anytime, anywhere access to corporate ...
Features in this issue
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Columns in this issue
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