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- Why A Self-Destructing Phone Won't Solve All Your BYOD Woes
- How Intel Plans To Secure Android Devices
- Why MDM Platforms Rarely Work Completely
- BYOD Policy 101: Myths And Realities
- Use The Pareto Principle To Manage Mobile Security More Effectively
- How Businesses Need To Change The Way They Purchase PCs
Businesses battling to keep their information safe pricked up their ears last week as it was announce that Boeing has produced a mobile phone that self-destructs should the wrong person try to use it. It sounds like the stuff of Hollywood action movies but the idea of being able to protect phones in this way could offer the solution to a rising problem.
Securing Android devices isn’t quite as fiddly as trying to manage iOS, but still lacks options compared to the well-established principles for desktop PCs and laptops. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Intel outlined plans to make Android devices more manageable, but just how soon will we see those plans in action?
Mobile device management (MDM) is an essential component of any sensible bring-your-own-device (BYOD) strategy. While having a degree of control over mobile devices used for work purposes is useful, it’s important to recognise the limitations of the approach. The biggest one? What you can control is limited and constantly changing.
The Pareto principle argues (in simplistic terms) that 80 per cent of effects derive from just 20 per cent of causes. The 80:20 rule can be a useful approach to adopt when you’re trying to devise mobile security strategies, especially as bring-your-own-device (BYOD) creates an ever-diversifying stream of devices that need to be controlled.
Need more proof that we’re living in a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) era, no matter what the official corporate policy says? Sales figures and forecasts from Gartner show that smartphones will continue to be the biggest-selling device platform for the foreseeable future, but tablets and PCs aren’t disappearing either.
So BlackBerry isn’t going ahead with its privatisation, but it has taken $US1 billion in funding from the company that might have bought it out and has agreed to get rid of CEO Thorsten Heins. What that means for its future product direction is, right now, anyone’s guess, though an increased enterprise focus still seems likely.