A mobile device (also known as a handheld device, handheld computer or simply handheld) is a small, hand-held computing device, typically having a display screen with touch input and/or a miniature keyboard and weighting less than 2 pounds (0.91 kg). Apple, HTC, LG, Motorola, Research in Motion (RIM), and Samsung are just a few examples of the many manufacturers that produce these types of devices.
A hand held computing device typically has an operating system (OS) platform, where application programming interfaces (API’s) also known as Apps that are available for different uses can operate on. Most hand held devices can also be equipped with WI-FI, Bluetooth and GPS capabilities that can allow connections to the Internet and other Bluetooth capable devices such as an automobile or a microphone headset. A camera or media player feature for video or music files can also be typically found on these devices along with a stable battery power source such as a lithium battery.
Welcome to the mobile business revolution. Along with any major insurgency, what previously seemed secure meets what suddenly makes it vulnerable.
Based on research from the most recent Unisys Security Index report, Unisysfound that business users are accessing critical corporate data via unprotected means such as public wifi and utilizing simple passwords. In addition, an increasing number of people are accessing their employers’ business applications using their personal devices.
Enterasys Networks was one of the first Security vendors to address this issue, and I suspect Unisys will follow suit. Companies like Good for Enterprise are providing a robust security wrapper around productivity applications, but it’s still not charged with protecting that rogue game downloaded by Henry in Marketing.
One thing is for sure, there’s going to be a lot of challenges for IT moving forward. Unisys has outlined a few of them in the infographic below:
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