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7/22/2014
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Infographic: With BYOD, Mobile Is The New Desktop

Security teams have no choice but to embrace the rapid proliferation of BYO devices, apps, and cloud services. To ignore it is to put your head in the sand.

The convergence of mobile and cloud has increased employee productivity and increased the risk of data loss for enterprises. Because both technologies are data-centric and expose corporate data outside of the enterprise, we have to be aware of how we’re managing our resources and protecting our assets.

Not knowing how to protect corporate data, many organizations have been hesitant to adopt mobile and cloud technologies. However, with the rapid proliferation of user-owned devices, applications, and cloud services in the enterprise, we really have no choice but to embrace them because, as this infographic illustrates, it’s happening, whether IT or security teams believe it or not.

Source: Bluebox
Source: Bluebox

Organizations struggle because they can’t take mobile away, and employees use it because it increases productivity. It’s time to adopt and properly manage the solutions enterprise employees are using each day. There has been an explosion of data outside the four walls of enterprise IT. CISOs need to fundamentally rethink their strategies and approaches to securing that data. How do you do this? Let’s chat about the risks and opportunities in the comments below.

Adam Ely is the founder and COO of Bluebox. Prior to this role, Adam was the CISO of the Heroku business unit at Salesforce where he was responsible for application security, security operations, compliance, and external security relations. Prior to Salesforce, Adam led ... View Full Bio
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RyanSepe
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7/25/2014 | 8:50:16 AM
Re: Ingrained Security
14000 give or take a fluctuation of 500 because we are a teaching hospital and onboard/offboard medical students/residents at different times of the year.
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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7/24/2014 | 10:51:16 AM
Re: Ingrained Security
Sounds interesting. Keep us posted on your progress. BTW how many users do you support?
RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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7/24/2014 | 10:26:39 AM
Re: Ingrained Security
We are in the process of incorporating an MDM and EMM solution. I will have more metrics then but as an enforcement mechanism you cannot gain access to clinical apps without going through a VPN set up through an app client. The app client access is provided via Group Membership in AD. Essentially, if we haven't sanctioned you for access you can only use your cellular network or a guest wireless solution which doesn't have any internal ramifications.
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ATG4,
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7/23/2014 | 11:19:56 AM
Managing BYOD
BYOD will continue growing as mobile devices continue to play a greater role in our lives.  Does BYOD come with headaches?  Of course it does.  However, security issues and IT management headaches (how do I support all those devices?) can be addressed by using new HTML5 technologies that enable users to connect to applications and systems without requiring IT staff to install anything on user devices. For example, Ericom AccessNow is an HTML5 RDP client that enables remote users to securely connect from iPads, iPhones and Android devices to any RDP host, including Terminal Server and VDI virtual desktops, and run their applications and desktops in a browser. This enhances security by keeping applications and data separate from personal devices.

Since AccessNow doesn't require any software installation on the end user device – just an HTML5 browser, network connection, URL address and login details - IT staff end up with less support hassles. The volunteer or temporary employee that brings in their own device merely opens their HTML5-compatible browser and connects to the URL given them by the IT admin.

Visit http://www.ericom.com/BYOD_Workplace for more info.

Please note that I work for Ericom
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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7/23/2014 | 11:02:51 AM
Re: Ingrained Security
Ryan, how does your company monitor how many byo devices/apps employees are using on the network and whether appropriate safeguards are in place and being used. Functionality with security makes a lot of sense. But what is the enforcment mechanism?
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RyanSepe,
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7/23/2014 | 8:55:39 AM
Ingrained Security
The bottom of the infographic is what I deal with most at my enterprise. The common thought process is functionality vs security when it should be functionality with security. The best way to accomplish this is to have security safegards in place on the vendor side before deployment. This can be more easily accomplished if organizations pushed harder to only incorporate solutions that have a strong security backbone. Instead of incorporation then addition. The previous method allows for minimal learning curve.

Also, as stated below in the comments awareness is a huge factor. Having safegards in place is not enough and it is our job as security professionals to reiterate and educate the public as to why taking proper actions with their devices and following protocols is so important.
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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7/23/2014 | 8:44:39 AM
Re: mobile ... the next challenge
Mobille is definitely the next challenge when one-third of all employees don't even know what their company mobile BYOD policy is and that each of them are using devices at work with 21 apps a piece. These number are quite startling!
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securityaffairs,
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7/22/2014 | 5:27:22 PM
mobile ... the next challenge
You are right ... mobile devices are comparable to desktop PCs in term of computational capabilities, the biggest issue related these platforms is the lack of awareness of principal cyber threats.

Users are unaware of the risk to use mobile devices without any defensive solutions, the risks increase if we consider the promiscuous usage (work/free time) of devices and bad habits of mobile users.

 

 

 

 
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