Security Manager's Journal: Time for a mobile-security upgrade

By J.F. Rice, Computerworld |  Cloud Computing, Mobile Security

Another big change is the emergence of the cloud. The products I'm looking at now have cloud-based options (or software as a service, if you prefer), that simplify deployment. Instead of building servers, making them highly available and distributing them across my enterprise, I can get up and running within a day by leveraging the services available over the Internet. That gets me to my goal more quickly. I'm not sure how I feel about putting my data in someone else's hands, though. It's a difficult trade-off. On the one hand, there's good reason to retain control over my technologies. On the other hand, my practically non-existent staffing makes me feel the appeal of leaving the engineering, operation and maintenance of the service in the hands of the service provider.

Whether I decide to go on-premise or in the cloud, I'm definitely leaning toward the modern MDM approach. So, having confronted the prospect of a growing number of mobile devices in my security plan, I'm probably going to be able to improve the end-user experience and save the company money. That sounds like a win-win-win.

This week's journal is written by a real security manager, "J.F. Rice," whose name and employer have been disguised for obvious reasons. Contact him at jf.rice@engineer.com.

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