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Risky Business: The Mobile Device Security Disconnect PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 November 2007
Viewpoint On any given day, do you know how many mobile devices are on your network? Can you tell which are authorized and managed and who is using them at any given moment? Do employees in your company know the first thing they should do if they “misplace” their smartphone or PDA?

It’s no longer true that what happens on the network stays on the network. IT administrators are keenly aware of the potential risks lurking in lightweight devices. Many smartphones now sport 128 MB of onboard storage and 8 GB storage cards, plus Wi-Fi and 3G chips with high-speed data transfer rates capable of downloading 2–6 Mbps from a corporate network. That’s a lot of data in your pocket. As more and more out-of-office employees are accessing mission-critical applications on small devices, more and more sensitive corporate data is flying in "the cloud" and this is driving the need for organizations to take protective action.

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