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Should Smartphones be Allowed on Corporate Networks?

Posted July 25, 2011 6:23 AM

Not long ago, a widespread rule for many companies permitted only corporate-owned and configured computers to be used on the corporate network. The rationale: it seemed the only way to maintain security. But many companies are changing their tactics in the face of an avalanche of smart phones and other personal devices that employees are bringing to work. Can unfettered access to company apps and data on employees' personal devices be consistent with corporate security? And what do you think is the best approach?

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07/26/2011 7:53 AM

I don't know what the best approach is, but I think that corporations should automatically assume that any data that can be transfered to a personal device should be considered, in the public domain.

Any data they want kept secret should be locked somehow.

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07/26/2011 11:22 AM

The Samrt Phones would need to connect via wirelss access points. If the local IT departmetn has done their job correctly the wireless network will require a password. Depending onthe institution the IT departmetn wold decide whether to allow Smart Phones or not

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08/02/2011 5:41 PM

Some mobile platforms allow you to have control of the device. For example, if it's lost you can do a "remote wipe". However, with more and more personal devices being used for buisness, it's hard to tell some employees that they need to give up some control of their personal property if they want to use it. And if they ever leave the company we would still have that control.

As far as them getting on a wi-fi, that's more of a wi-fi security issue, then a mobile issue. Any situation that could happen with a wi-fi connected mobile could happen with a wi-fi connected laptop.

The question of mobiles are not new (think laptops and their mobility issues), it's just more prevalent.

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