Smart-phones are set to become the next major security challenge for IT according to a CompTIA survey conducted this year. The survey polled 1070 small businesses in North America and 60% reported they had seen an increase in security issues related to the use of hand-help computing devices over the last year. The concern is if businesses will view the risk as too great a burden to place on their IT departments and will instead ban the use of them within their corporate environments. Many IT services firms are preparing for a whole new generation of security applications for mobile devices and how to secure access.
These handheld computing devices give workers the ability to work while “on-the-go” by allowing access to key information residing back at the work or home office. But, this simple access to information is creating a growing set of security concerns for companies. Mobile users requesting access to the company network remotely is a potential security threat. The fear is that a virus could potentially jump from phone to phone to network much like pc-to-pc worms and viruses have done in the past.
Business-oriented smart-phones come from the manufacturer with decent built-in protection like encryption and firewalls. But, smart phones geared more toward the consumer market have far fewer safety features in place.
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