The challenge of mobility and security

For businesses, increased mobility presents the biggest advantage to employees and the biggest challenge to data security.

The convenience of mobile devices is appealing to businesses and employees alike, yet the new mobile landscape raises some interesting discussions for IT security professionals. Across all industries and sectors, businesses are looking for a new security approach so they can leverage the advantages of mobile devices.

Pain points

Mobility gives workers the freedom to interact with data anywhere. It lets them carry out their duties wherever and whenever it makes sense, and it provides communication tools that can link home workers, remote sites and company offices as though everyone was in the same room. As we become more mobile, we are inevitably taking business data with us into the world. Mobility and security are so intertwined that security challenges can be a barrier to mobile adoption. In fact, many businesses say security concerns are their No. 1 priority. There are many risks to take into account. Mobile devices may be lost or stolen; they may be vulnerable to attack from viruses and malware. Data may be shared beyond acceptable boundaries on cloud services that are not monitored or approved.

While some operating systems are considered more vulnerable than others, no single device is completely safe from these threats.

Balancing acts

Businesses are struggling to strike a balance between flexible access and the ability to lock down data. They are actively looking to established hardware vendors to help them find that balance.

Each business has its own set of complex criteria, and there is no room for complacency. A one-size-fits-all approach is clearly not suitable, but users cannot be allowed to use their own devices without adhering to a formalized and enforced Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy.

The vendor chosen to solve these problems must be flexible enough to tailor their security solutions. They should also support the transformation of established processes while acknowledging the tension that mobility can create in a security setting.

Embracing mobility

Dell knows that mobility is driven by applications, and these applications can revolutionize the way an employee works. From the form factor of the device to the cloud services it connects to, user productivity is fuelled by the freedom to choose.

In some situations, virtualization is the answer. It prevents data from being directly stored on a device, and is ideal for industries that must comply with strict compliance frameworks. In other settings, a secure workspace offers a locked-down environment that is isolated and managed centrally.

Positive outcomes

There is no one solution to the security challenge that mobility presents. There isn’t a single, “correct” way to pair security and mobility in business. And there is no way to predict the risks a particular business will face.

But with full risk awareness, and a tailored security solution, the real potential of mobility is unlocked. Businesses can move forward to embrace BYOD, including cost savings and increased motivation in the workforce.

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