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Mobile Devices & Data Mobility: Productivity Tools or Security Threats?

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Mobile Devices & Data Mobility,
Rise of the hand-held computer

Look around your office. How many of your colleagues have at least one USB drive? How many have at least one smartphone or tablet? Mobile devices & data mobility are a reality.   Mobile devices are powerful computers with huge storage capacities. Network security has become more complex with more devices per employee. Each posing many security vulnerabilities.

Balance Productivity & Risk

The ability to work well from mobile devices is both an opportunity and a risk. But now, that tablet or smartphone is not just a personal device.  It’s a vector.  A way in for viruses via email and web browsing. High capacity storage carries your organization’s data out. Data that is intellectual property.  Data that can be at risk because mobile devices are frequently lost, stolen or compromised.

Securing IT used to be easier.  The threat was at the perimeter.  Often that meant the physical boundaries of your office.  Now security has to address the culture of mobility.  It needs to be easy, seamless and updated for a threat landscape that changes by the hour.

Data is More Mobile Than Ever

The volume of an organization’s data stored via employees’ mobile devices exceeds the storage capacity of their organization’s entire network. (Source: IDC). This gets tricky in a landscape of increasing regulations for stewardship of data.

Embrace Mobility: With a Plan

Moving from vulnerability to proactive endpoint security  depends on 3 key initiatives:

  • educating employees,
  • effective management of device access to the network,
  • and a streamlined security solution.

Mobile devices & data mobility has changed the way we work. Mobility has driven agility, responsiveness, even innovation. Implementing endpoint security management is the “final-mile” for many IT teams.

With proper endpoint security, lost devices get tracked.  Data deleted immediately.  Efforts to hack a device will not produce a trove of valuable information.  Endpoint security can even be part of a managed services engagement. This enables internal IT to focus on their core systems, while getting help in an area that takes a lot of changing expertise.

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