Last week, we told you about CACI’s efforts to make iPads a secure, user-friendly tool for government officials. Mobile devices are increasingly integrated in work environments and everyone from General Motors to Giorgio Armani wants to ensure their technology is secure. And when employees are transitioning their tablets from work to home and back again, it is challenging to find a flexible, reliable support system.
Thankfully, solutions are starting to emerge. As “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) becomes a feasible IT convenience, security companies will make it their specialty. As evidence, we present a few options that will allow your office to welcome BYOD devices:
MDM Support First on the table is Mobile Device Management (MDM), an application that runs on servers and devices and is managed by a central administrator who can enforce security. Though MDM doesn’t safeguard against all the risks of BYOD, ZDnet columnist Ken Hess admits, “A good application or device management suite does protect your network from jailbroken devices, from thousands of known malware programs and from standard risks via encrypted connections/communications back to the mother ship (the corporate network).” Companies like Apptix are jumping at the chance to help businesses protect their delicate networks.
Secure Browsing for iPad MDM Specialist MobileIron recently took their service a step further, providing a secure browser that will enforce corporate policies and manage mobile data while allowing users to go about their daily web work. The service is currently only available for iOS, but if it helps curtail security breaches while giving employees the web access they need, no doubt we’ll see this offering expand.
Wave Windows 8 Perhaps the solution to rule them all, Wave Systems Corp eliminates device passwords, bypasses the overhead cost and training required for most Mobile Device Management, and offers secure web connection for participating devices. Wave will be embedded into the latest generation of tablets running Windows 8. “The launch of Windows 8 tablets will redefine what mobile means to the enterprise. Now there’s a group of devices that resemble an iPad but operate like a PC,” Richard Stiennon, Chief Analyst for IT Harvest, commented in a Dark Reading summary. Basically, Windows 8 + Wave sounds like a savior for BYOD businesses. 62 percent of companies will allow BYOD by the end of the year; those devices need reliable, dynamic defense.