Showing posts with label BYOD. Show all posts
Showing posts with label BYOD. Show all posts

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Enteprise Mobility: Application, Platform and Devices

Yesterday I published the results of the Symantec Survey regarding the State of Mobility which addressed: 

- the interest from enterprises to adopt mobile for business applications
- the reasons for enterprises to develop a mobile business plan and the already registered benefits for those who have already started
- the risks coming from the development of a mobile business plan
- average annual cost of mobile incidents
- recommendations to embrace mobility without compromising security

Today I wanted to share another awesome infographic coming from the elaboration of various sources (see below) that is confirming the results from Symantec that we are at the tipping point in the mobility, and also providing interesting information about application, platforms and devices.

Some highlights:

1. In the graphic regarding "smartphone development approach" you can find confirmation of the impact of the IT Consumerization trend. Dependently from the industries we find that the presence of BYOD policy (Bring Your Own Approach) is very significant, ranging from 40% (legal services) to 57% (retail)

2. Iphone is the winner in the ranking for the most preferred smartphone in enterprise in 2011....but what about 2012 ? Surely Android is a tough competitor, even if in my opinion at this moment Iphone is more business-like than Android, first of all because we have too many variety of Androids in the market and any version does allow you to make different things in terms of security and management. 
And what about Blackberry ? Will it be able to maintain his market share ? 

3. Branded applications have increased of 162% in 6 months (March-September 2011)

Enterprise Mobility - Apps, Platforms, Devices Infographic

Symantec survey reveals significant changes in the usage of mobile devices and applications

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Symantec survey reveals significant changes in the usage of mobile devices and applications

Main analysts predict that 2012 top technological trends are very much related with "mobility": tablets, mobile centric applications, application store and marketplace. The evolution of mobile devices are the catalyst for a new significant change in the life of the people and in the activities within the enterprises. 

Symantec has released the results of its 2012 State of Mobility Survey that included 6,275 organizations—from small businesses to large enterprises—across 43 countries.

As you can see in the infographics below it comes out that there have been significant changes in the usage of mobile devices and applications: mobile devices are now mainstream business tools and business agility is the main driver for mobile adoption from organizations, being efficiency their top goal. 

Organizations are also aware of risks coming from the adoption of mobile, appearing on the top 3 of 41% of organizations, more than any other.

Enterprises have already suffered a variety of losses, measured by direct financial expenses, loss of data, and damage to the brand or loss of customer trust. 

It is not surprising that half of the organizations see mobile computing as somewhat to extremely challenging.

In my opinion the key recommendation is to make an effort to understand as soon as possible the mobile risks and threats you will need to mitigate according your mobile business plan and the potential impact of BYOD trend in your organization. 

Mobile security and management should be integrated into the overall enterprise framework and administered using compatible solutions and unified policies, that should include DLP, encryption and strong authentication.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Android vs IOS security

Veracode published an "infographic" regarding Android VS IoS security that is very nice and full of useful advices. So I also propose it to my readers !

I anticipate you that at the end of the picture it is reported a judgment attributed to Symantec that, right now, the mobile platform is still much more secure than their counterpart PC. 

I generally agree with that but, nevertheless, if you are acting in an Enterprise as CIO or CISO there are so many challenges coming from the deployment of smartphone/tablet into your network you must not let your guard down. 

I've deeply discussed this kind of challenges in previous posts of mine, but I mainly refer to those issues coming from using a personal smartphone/tablet as a work tool. It's something that is becoming the master way for most of the people I know and unfortunately this exposes the corporate network and data to relevant risks. 

So independently from the fact that actually attacks and malwares regarding the mobile devices are not comparable in terms of numbers to the ones regarding the PC world, I can briefly summarize that 

- consumers need to adopts precautions (such as the ones suggested in the infographics down here) to avoid leakage of personal data or payment of unsubscribed premium rate services

- enterprises need to integrate their device & security management framework to guarantee that smartphone/tablet adoption and trends such as BYOD don't impact their security risk profile