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It's Not 'Mobile Security,' It's Just Security
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sharronstone
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11/23/2013 | 9:43:49 PM
re: It's Not 'Mobile Security,' It's Just Security

Look, by now everyone knows that BYOD is a big security headache, but the solutions are not really going to always be boilerplate. IT departments are going to have to rise to this challenge and be innovative about the solutions and products they choose for BYOD. Our doctors started using their smartphones and tablets to text doctors and admin info because it is so easy for them to do so, and it was fast. Didn't matter that it was not HIPAA complient and loss of patient info could be a big lawsuit for us. We were able to at least get them to use a HIPAA complient text messaging app (Tigertext), but it shows how fast certain types of professionals are moving away from PC/Desktop to mobile devices and that they will use them in a way that can cost a business a lot of money unless the correct device purchasing startagy is used. More info: tigertext.com
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11/5/2013 | 2:08:51 PM
re: It's Not 'Mobile Security,' It's Just Security
You are correct that many of the security challenges mentioned apply to more traditional devices as well, and not just mobile devices. However, mobile devices do present some unique challenges.

Security risks (lost devices, access to sensitive data) are definitely a part of mobile computing. However, these risks can be reduced by keeping data and applications separate from personal devices. That means that there's no sensitive data exposed if an employee's device is lost or stolen.

This can be achieved with solutions like Ericom AccessNow, an HTML5 RDP client that enables users to connect from most types of devices to any RDP hosts (such as VDI virtual desktops or Windows Remote Desktop Services) and run full Windows desktops or applications in a browser tab.

There's nothing to install on the end user devices, as you only need an HTML5-compatible browser so using AccessNow also reduces IT support costs, since IT staff don't need to spend time installing software on so many different platforms. All they need to do is give employees a URL and login credentials.

Download this free white paper for some additional ideas on securely managing the mobile workforce:
http://www.ericom.com/WP-Mobil...

Please note that I work for Ericom


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