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Unauthorized Mobile Apps

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 01-04-2012 Print

Have you really looked around your office lately? Chances are, you'll see a wealth of products and services that you wish your employees weren't using. Employees are often deciding for themselves what products they want to use at work. At the same time, some CEOs and other top-level executives are leaning on CIOs and IT leaders to permit consumer-focused products into the workplace. It's beat ‘em or join ‘em time, and the fight against consumerization of IT appears to be a losing battle. That said, there are still some products and solutions that flat-out don't belong (say, Netflix) or should be permitted only for certain users and with very specific use policies spelled out (say, Facebook or Twitter). Check out our rogues' gallery and see whether you agree.

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Set use policies so that employees understand what mobile apps are authorized (expense reporting apps), and which are not sanctioned (games). . On Android devices, especially, mobile apps can present a potential security threat.



 

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