As many of you who provide company-owned iPhones and iPads know (including those of you we have worked with in doing so), getting your iOS devices back at employee termination or at device retirement/replacement can be a productivity challenge and present a privacy risk.
Like our countryâ€™s police force, firefighters and Navy Seals, do you run toward â€śrisksâ€ť? In truth, most of us are rather risk averse, as evidenced by everything from our hobbies to our investments. Yet in todayâ€™s world, some of us must be trained to run toward certain risks in order to protect others. Like the protectors I mentioned above, those tasked with roles in IT security need to have a unique mindset, one that allows you to secure your users and company assets from the ever-expanding risks surrounding the use of mobile devices.
On October 14, 2015, VMware, which owns AirWatch, announced plans to acquire Boxer, Inc, to enhance security when employees are using email on mobile devices outside of the office. Boxer, a privately held company, offers a comprehensive and secure personal information management (PIM) solution for mobile devices to businesses and consumers.
If youâ€™re part of the healthcare industry, itâ€™s probably not news that patient records are a high-profile target for cyber criminals. Because this type of data may contain Social Security and credit card numbers, the value of these files may be worth up to 50 times more than other data on the black market. As the number of online health records continues to rise and electronic security remains weak, itâ€™s no surprise that IDC is predicting a jump in cyber attacks for the New Year.
According to Pew Research Center, smartphone and tablet ownership has risen dramatically in the past four years. Meanwhile, ownership of laptops and desktops has roughly leveled out. But just because individuals own certain devices doesnâ€™t mean they use them interchangeably. It also doesnâ€™t mean that their personal devices preference translates to the workplace. For businesses evaluating which devices to purchase and maintain for their employees, many factors must be taken into consideration to make a cost-effective decision.
Just a decade ago, connectivity in the workplace looked dramatically different than it does today. From leadership teams to project teams, groups of individuals tasked with finding ways of communicating and working together were subjected to expensive flights and time-consuming treks out of the office to get the job done. Today, whether working from home, the office or the road, employees of all levels can quickly utilize mobile devices, applications, file storage and dozens of communication methods for seamless integration and collaboration. However, most companies still struggle with creating a mobile first strategy to take advantage of everything mobility can offer.