Thursday, March 25, 2010

Your Phone as a Potential Security Threat

So now people are bringing their own devices to work, because, among other reasons, these devices have become fashion accessories. It’s my iPhone with the black silicon protector versus your Google Nexus One. It’s become an arms race about who has the coolest toys. But these are more than just cool toys – they’re also critical tools, yet they’re causing tension in the workplace. Users crave and demand the flexibility, freedom and choice that these devices provide. IT has concerns about the potential security risks they pose. If I’m the IT person, I have to wonder, does this device that comes into my environment have the same security posture as those I have provisioned? The answer? It depends.

Read the rest of the CSO article by Cisco's Fred Kost here.

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