This session was a fairly small and intimate gathering with
a lot of give-and-take. At the outset everyone agreed that the devices to be
discussed would be limited to smartphones and tablets rather than desktops or
laptops. Personally, as someone who brings a laptop into the office every day,
I think they should have been included but that’s just me.
goods etailer – was the host of our little band.
were of interest. Here they are with the discussion around them:
a device and providing devices with secure access to enterprise data. Policies
were one approach to security, but they – it was agreed – are not especially
strong, difficult to enforce and better in theory than in practice.
concerned) was around technologies that created secure devices on an existing
device – not exactly virtual, but separated and running in parallel. Two
companies were mentioned. The first was Enterproid, whose product – Divide –
allows an enterprise to create a secure phone on an existing one. By tapping
the home button twice the secure device is invoked. It can then access
enterprise resources and corporate IT has centralized management capabilities.
Double tap again and the phone is your personal one once again.
approach. It “wraps” applications (no one was quite able to say how exactly
“wrapping” worked) and only those apps were able to access the enterprise.
issue that came up: Fragmentation.
standardization. He doesn’t want to have to think about or manage all of these
different devices, operating systems and OS variants. Wayfair is a Microsoft
shop and so he is able to use ActiveSync to manage all the devices that come
through the door (assuming they all support ActiveSync of course). He asks
employees wanting to use their own devices what they plan to use them for and
is then able to configure policies and permissions based on their specific use
experience. This became a pretty freewheeling topic and covered a lot of
ground. One of the elements of the discussion was storage and how frequently
people are using services like DropBox to move files from work to home and back
again – whether on a mobile device or otherwise. Everyone agreed that access to
corporate data without corporate control was a big issue. The challenge is that
dealing with VPNs – especially on mobile devices – is not a great experience.
It’s just so much easier to set up a DropBox.
people said there are enterprise solutions with DropBox like capabilities – but
without the public cloud storage. If it’s easy people will use it, if not
they’ll do it there way.
participant discussed healthcare apps that allow caregivers to access and
update records from their mobile devices or a PC. Because these are busy
people, most tend to want to use their device. This creates a new set of
challenges – encryption, performance and maintaining data state if a mobile
device loses its connection to the network.
are using it in the workplace. Yes, it raises issues and concerns but the genie
isn’t going back in the bottle. Of course many enterprises hold a digital trump
all the data, personal and enterprise.