Mobile & Wireless Slideshow: Enterprise Mobility: 'Backdoor' Devices Frighten CIOs

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 03-16-2011
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77 percent of respondents believe management of mobile security has been "less consistent" than management of traditional computing devices that are on the network. "Time, resources and budget" are among the reasons given.

The growth of platforms like Apple's iOS and Google's Android has been great for consumers who want to be able to do more with their smartphones. But for CIOs, it's not all fun and games. Employee-owned, "backdoor" mobile devices entering the corporate network are a major source of concern. Indeed, in a recent report, research firm Forrester identified two types of "undocumented" mobile workers: the mobile mavericks and the mobile wannabes. Mobile device management provider Mformation Technologies commissioned research firm Vanson Bourne to survey 200 CIOs in the U.S. and 100 in the U.K. for a study on the state of mobile security in the corporate world. It found that, in addition to "backdoor" devices, the recent WikiLeaks issue has caused CIOs to worry more than ever about how to protect enterprise data.



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