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Scattered access: Data security in a BYOD world

Neil Davison explores the key considerations in securing firm data across various types of user-owned mobile devices

11 January 2013

 

The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon is undoubtedly one of the hottest topics in technology and can be found on the agenda of any IT conference. It will continue to be one of the leading IT projects for many organisations through 2013.

The proliferation of personal devices from Apple, Android and BlackBerry has resulted in many people carrying two or more gadgets – often a corporate BlackBerry, their own personal iPhone and possibly also an iPad or other tablet.

While the firm may provide the BlackBerry, in many cases partners and employees (for simplicity called ‘employees’ from this point forward) would prefer to use their own device rather than the corporate-enforced handset.

In simple terms, BYOD allows employees to choose their own mobile devices and to bring them t...

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