Are the devices connecting to your corporate network secure? Are they protected by effective passwords and antivirus software?
Study: 350 million employee-owned devices in the enterprise by 2014
Are the devices conecting to your corporate network secure? Are they protected by effective passwords and antivirus software?
While those are the types of questions causing concern for many business leaders, a recent study by Juniper found many employees connect to the enterprise network without securing their devices. As a recent Apps Tech News article reported, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) is on the rise, and has jeopardized mobile device security for many professionals.
More BYOD, more mobile device security concerns
The reality of BYOD was also discussed in a recent IT Business Edge article. The article highlighted comments from Peter Frankl, Senior Vice President for lifecycle management at Absolute Software, who said BYOD presents challenges, but can end up paying for itself when properly managed. Frankl said one of the challenges with issuing company devices is keeping up with technology.
"The point is that even if IT bought those people a mobile computing device, within the year many of those same people would be looking to attach the next cool thing to the corporate network long before the device IT gave them either depreciated or was eligible for an upgrade," the article hypothesized.
Leveraging mobile device management (MDM)
Effective mobile device management solutions address problems such as lax security practices by employees. Are there employees falling behind in installing the latest security patches for their OS? That's fine on their own devices, but MDM can prevent those insecure devices from accessing critical business applications and data. By making every employee more secure, businesses can protect data and ensure compliance with stringent security standards.
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