Securing Enterprise Data Inside Mobile Devices: 10 Ways to Keep It Safe
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Invest in a file-sharing/file-synchronization application that supports multiple mobile platforms, such as iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone, and ensure that whatever you deploy in the next few years supports not just the devices you are using today, but also the devices you are likely to be using tomorrow (hint: probably more tablets). Leave no device unprotected.
Osterman Research recently conducted a survey of 760 individuals with regard to the bring-your-own-device, or BYOD, issues they face in their organizations and found widespread use of third-party, cloud-based storage and file-synchronization offerings that are sometimes used with IT's blessing, but more often not. Dropbox, for example, is used in 14 percent of 1,000-plus-employee organizations with IT's blessing—and, conversely, in 44 percent of them without approval. Enterprises need to be wary of popular, consumer-class file-sharing services. Users like these services because they make it easy to share and synchronize files across mobile devices. But they lack the rigorous security controls and centralized administration that businesses need to ensure the security and integrity of corporate data. Employees need data on all their devices in order to stay productive. So enterprises need to look for a system that combines easy-to-use file sharing and synchronization services with enterprise-class security controls. eWEEK with the help of Jon Pincus, senior vice president of products at Accellion, a provider of enterprise-class secure file sharing solutions, brings together 10 best practices on this topic.