BYOD Means MDM is Now Part of General Computer Network Security - Is Your Office Ready?

Posted by Mark Teter, Chief Technology Officer
June 27, 2012

With the abundance of mobile devices, CIOs are looking into the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend—which is also requiring IT to embrace the new MDM (Mobile Device Management) discipline. This includes over-the-air distribution of applications, data and configuration settings for all types of mobile devices.

Both a general lack of awareness of mobile vulnerabilities and the increase in mobile malware has created the nascent but dynamic market for mobile security products and services. Initially driven by business concerns for the protection of corporate assets and information, this market has since spurred the growth of niche companies offering services such as mobile device management and cloud based security.

For any organizations planning to allow the use of mobile devices within the workplace, mobile security products will become intrinsic to general cyber or computer network security. The different solutions will address malware, spam, spyware applications, unauthorized access and modification at the same level as general cyber and computer network security measures.

Data security management features include encryption, content and context-aware mobile data loss prevention, secure access-controlled collaborative storage, secure e-mail gateway, and secure mobile browser.

How is your organization handling MDM and BYOD? We’d love to hear from you so drop a comment below.

About Mark Teter Before he retired from ASG in 2013, Mark Teter was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and the author of 'Paradigm Shift: Seven Keys of Highly successful Linux and Open Source Adoptions.' As CTO, Mark regularly advised IT organizations, vendors, and government agencies, and he frequently conducted seminars and training programs.

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