Jul 012011

What is happening with smartphones, tablets, and other devices is that with having this equipment in the workplace, IT may now be required to provide access and support for the users.

It used to be that one could offer a Blackberry device and you’re done. Users are happy and you are safe and secure.  Now with proliferations of consumer devices like iPads, etc., offering only Blackberry as a solution is no longer an option.

A Whackamole situation is now emerging; where you attack the head that pops up with the mallet, hoping it will not reappear but it always does. How do you embrace these devices and have a security architecture and policy framework that accommodates these various devices?

Architecture decisions are at the core of this topic.  I really don’t care which Suite you chose (Vmware, Citrix, Microsoft, etc.) in the diagram below. What I do care about is can you answer and deploy your apps to BYOD gear in these 6 areas?

Also, can you confidently prove how you plan on granting access to your applications using various devices across your architecture?  You are responsible for granting ‘cross device access’.

How can ubiquitous access be granted with the fewest, fewest, simplest methods possible?  It all starts with architecture which you can see below.

Mar 012010

Last week’s Virtual Roundtable on Smartphone and Mobile Computing was enlightening for everyone.  As usual, there was a great sharing of experiences and tips from the group regarding what CIOs are currently doing to manage risk in their enterprises.

I have attached the PowerPoint presentation that I used as a guide for the discussion.  In addition to the presentation, survey results accompany the PowerPoint download.

From last week’s agenda, please rate the following meeting topics related to mobile phones:

  • Which phones do you support?
    Flip, Treo, Android, iPhone, Blackberry
  • Do you have smart phone based applications?
  • What number of smart phones are supported in the organization?
  • Do you allow personal phones

    to access corporate data?

  • What % of help desk time is used to support random Smart Phone users?
  • What procurement method does your company support?
  • What is the coolest security product you have seen for Smart Phones?
  • What are your biggest concerns?

One of the areas that came up during the conversation was encryption of devices.  Here are the three products that were discussed and mentioned in the VRT (Point Sec, Bit Locker, and Credant Mobile Guardian)