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Mobile device management aids disaster recovery efforts

AT&T's 2012 annual business continuity survey of 504 IT executives showed that companies are considering mobility as a key component of continuity plans in the event of a disaster, placing even more pressure on businesses to institute strong mobile device security.

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Mobile device management aids disaster recovery efforts

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AT&T's 2012 annual business continuity survey of 504 IT executives showed that 67 percent of businesses that were included have added wireless network capabilities as part of their business continuity plans and 38 percent are making investments in cloud computing for security, performance and cost savings. The study indicated that companies are considering mobility as a key component of continuity plans in the event of a disaster, placing even more pressure on businesses to institute strong mobile device security.

While device security remains a major concern for companies, the use of social networking tools in the workplace is also a concern highlighted in the study. The study found that concerns regarding social networking capabilities were reported by 76 percent of the respondents and 40 percent reported that they are investing in or looking at cloud services for disaster recovery.  Eighty-seven percent of the respondents reported they have become concerned about the increased use of and potential threats facing mobile networks and devices.

"Social networking is a [stronger] concern than security threats, and, hence, why clients are implementing mobile security and want to control it from single platform," said Chris Costello, Assistant Vice President of Offer Management and Cloud Services at AT&T.

Disaster preparation not only reason for mobile device management

Companies are embracing mobility for more reasons than because it would allow business operations to continue if an office is out of service due to a natural disaster. Workers increasingly want to use their own mobile devices to do business, whether they are at the office or at a remote location.

"Clients are understanding the trend of Bring Your Own Device, and their workforce is increasingly using mobile devices for work and personal [use], and standards are becoming more mature around mobile security," Costello said.

In response to this trend, educational institutions may soon increase their focus on mobile device security, too. BYOD is catching on in schools, according to a recent blog post on the 21st Century Fluency Project website. The blog pointed to Forsyth County Schools in Georgia as an example of BYOD in the academic setting, where the schools have set up separate wireless networks for students and teachers as a means of keeping sensitive data private.

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