Friday, March 30, 2012

BYOD is here to stay

Business organizations are embracing the use of Android and Apple iOS-based tablets and smartphones in a big way. And why not? - they are light, easy to use, easy to carry, and easy to personalize. Bring your own device may be one of those cases where the marketing hype actually lags customer adoption!

The challenge for security teams is how to say "yes" to this revolution in end-user computing while still protecting the business infrastructure. If your organization can mandate installation of a mobile security application, then by all means leverage that capability. If your business cannot dictate endpoint security software, then you can use network security to assess and audit each tablet or smartphone device as it joins the network. In fact, that is the only way you can pragmatically account for both managed and unmanaged devices with one security solution. ForeScout, Cisco, Juniper, Bradford, and StillSecure have intereesting ideas in this space. ForeScout in particular has a compelling BYOD story that they are starting to tell here.

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