Mobile Devices And Enterprise Security: Convenience Or Curse?


In the late 90’s, desktop computers was the best tech marvel to hit the consumer electronic market. Back then, the internet was in its infancy, and people began to discover how they could utilize this new form of communication for entertainment, education and information. However, no one could predict how huge the internet revolution would become. Today, entire industries are based on e-commerce and technology.

Accordingly, with the advent of smartphones and tablets, the world of information technology has entered into a new era. Wherever we go, no matter where we are, we are constantly connected to the internet through our handheld devices. However, with every new innovation comes new threats and the same is true for handheld devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Today mobile devices have nearly the same computing power as most desktop machines. These handheld devices allow people to use these devices anywhere, be it at work, class or on a beach sipping on their pina-colada. In a nutshell, smartphone and similar devices are the new normal for our society. In fact, they are considered the perfect gift for that special someone. Whether it’s Christmas or some other holiday, smartphones and tablets are sure to be found on anyone gifts list.

Although a new smartphone or tablet can bring a huge smile on an employee’s face, it can become a nightmare for the IT department when employees get connected to company’s WIFI connection.  However, many IT security department don’t generally view mobile connections as security threat, it can pose a serious threat. Hackers can potentially target devices belonging to employees by using sophisticated backdoor attacks, although such attacks can be prevented if IT departments take proactive steps to prevent such attacks.

Companies can also mandate employees to use some sort of data encryption app, in order to prevent hackers from accessing sensitive company related documents or content.

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