CIOs are nervous about mobile computing
There is a growing adoption of mobile devices to access corporate services, view corporate data and conduct business. The significant adoption of mobile applications demonstrates remarkable confidence, by organisations, in the ability for mobility to deliver value. According to the 2012 Symantec State of Mobility survey, a third of Indian respondents allow employees to use mobile devices for business use without restrictions.
However, corporate nervousness about mobile computing is understandable. CIOs are facing a trial by fire. According to the same survey, mobility ranked as the leading IT risk among organisations, being cited as one of the top three risk areas by 40% of respondents.
While the mass adoption of both consumer and managed mobile devices in the enterprise has increased employee productivity, it has also exposed the enterprise to new security risks. While the most popular mobile platforms in use today were designed with security in mind—and certainly raise the bar compared to traditional PC-based computing platforms—they may still be insufficient for protecting the enterprise assets that regularly find their way onto these devices.
Many of these devices are not controlled by the administrator, meaning
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