Gartner recently made three interesting predictions about mobility in the workplace. While the ideas are compelling, they only offer one-side of the story, and the solution.
In this blog post, I’ll take a deeper look at each of these predictions and discuss why the future of mobility rests on IT leaders taking a balanced and strategic approach to security that focuses more on protecting the network and proprietary data and less on implementing overly broad restrictions.
Gartner Prediction #1: Twenty percent of BYOD projects will fail by 2016 due to IT’s “heavy hand.”
While the actual failure rate may be less than one-fifth, mobility efforts will fail if companies are too restrictive with MDM policies. Instead, a two-fold approach to supporting a BYOD environment from a security perspective is essential.
First, IT leaders should take a balanced approach to security that protects business-imperative network solutions and data. In most cases, blocking Angry Birds and Candy Crush is unnecessary and not scalable. With Apple and Google supporting over a million apps each (and counting), it can cost precious time and IT resources just trying to keep up with restricting non-threatening applications.
Secondly, IT leaders should be focused on encouraging users to use secure solutions. This will only grow more important as the explosion of new connections and various devices evident in today’s Internet of Everything world creates more opportunity for malicious actors to utilize even more inroads to compromise users, networks, and data. By educating employees to take an active role in the security of their device, users can be empowered to report suspicious threats and have an open dialogue with IT teams. Read More »
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One of the interesting and challenging aspects of working in the Mobility space is the sheer pace at which the industry is moving. I’m fortunate to work with many Customers in EMEA to help support and shape their strategy towards Mobile technology. A great example of this has been the reaction to BYOD.
The influx of personal devices into the Enterprise caused by the BYOD trend poses numerous challenges to IT Departments. Understandably, initial reaction was to focus on network and device level Security.
Cisco responded by introducing a BYOD Solution to remove some of the burden from IT Departments and provide them with a central point for managing many aspects of the BYOD lifecycle: onboarding, device profiling, authentication, authorization, offboarding and self-service management.
Almost at the same time, a new industry segment was created: Mobile Device Management. The intent of MDM systems is Read More »
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This blog post is part three of a three-part series discussing how organizations can address mobile security concerns through an architectural approach to mobility. The first post discusses how next-gen Wi-Fi models will pave the way for secure mobility. The second post highlights the risks versus the rewards of mobility.
Providing corporate network access via mobile devices is nothing new to today’s IT administrators. However, the future of BYOD and mobility will change as rising generations expect and demand more seamless and secure connectivity. Recently Tab Times editor Doug Drinkwater shared a similar idea: BYOD is still in an early phase with plenty of new challenges and opportunities ahead.
In this last installment of this security and mobility series, I’ll discuss why BYOD policies will change and outline how C-level executives can leverage employees as solution drivers in order to solidify the future of mobility within their organization. Read More »
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This blog is part two of a three-part blog series discussing how organizations can address mobile security concerns through an architectural approach to mobility.
In my first post of this three-part series, I discussed how next-gen Wi-Fi models will pave the way for secure mobility and the value of secure Wi-Fi. In this post I’d like to take the mobility conversation a bit further and outline potential risks and rewards that IT departments face when deciding to deploy mobility solutions in our Internet of Everything (IoE) landscape.
A big factor for IT to adopt a mobility strategy with new technology and solutions is weighing the practical risks versus the rewards they stand to gain. A recent ISACA survey of IT professionals offered insight into how employed consumers think and act in terms of security and mobility. The study and ISACA’s 2013 IT Risk/Reward Barometer reveal:
- Only 4% of those surveyed named the makers of their mobile phone apps as the entity they most trust with their personal data
- 90% don’t always read privacy policies before downloading apps to their devices
Most of us are familiar with the rewards of mobility, but the belief and behavior gap illustrated by the ISACA survey proves we need to better understand risks of mobility. Read More »
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The holiday season which began with Cyber Monday on December 2nd 2013 has just ended and analyzing the impact on mobile commerce sales and location based services unveils some very interesting trends.
Firstly, at the macro level:
- Online shopping increased in the USA in 2013 by over 16% compared to 2012.
- From a mobility perspective, almost a third of all online sales (29%) were made from Smartphones or Tablets.
Clearly there are changes in the online marketplace, but in order to examine this a little further, let’s look at a few key questions to help understand what is happening in this marketplace:
- What are the major trends?
- Is mobile commerce just a US phenomenon?
- What impact does location based services have?
- Where are the main benefits coming from analytics?
- How is privacy fitting in to all this and how is the attitude of mobile consumers evolving?
Trends 2013: Read More »
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