Application of security control systems on conventional desktops and laptops is fairly simple. Recent trends however, have employees bringing in their own devices to the workplace. The trend has caught on among many employees and is quite difficult to stop.
The mélange of device connectivity, productivity and portability offered by tablets and other hybrid devices is something that surely cannot be ignored for too long. This format can be instrumental in ushering the era of mobile devices which can support true Virtualization. The security concerns arising over using these devices is however, a minor glitch.
The three big names in tablet computing have all sought to address these issues with their own strategy. Recent audits on these audits reveal that Samsung falls short when it comes to providing enterprise level security. The BlackBerry PlayBook fared much better in comparison to Samsungs Galaxy Tab and Apple iPad. But there was however, an obvious chink in their armor. The desktop softwares were found lacking when it comes to encrypting files backups, at least not by default.
The PlayBook was able to trump the other two tablet devices providing for an active workspace-personal space separation. This becomes extremely important when we factors in the constantly escalating BYOD trend. Each of these three devices is capable of supporting Exchange Activesync, which enables configuration and management of the device via a remote central exchange server.
The data protection capabilities of Apple iPad are robust, limiting the general damages. However, there is the possibility of security breaches due to regular jailbreak attacks, pointless disk encryption unless you employ a strong passcode.
The iPad’s disk encryption scheme is fairly robust; however, iTunes backups store simple clear text files by default. This cannot be acceptable by any enterprise standard. The BlackBerry’s approach is essentially similar. The BlackBerry PlayBook’s encryption however, can claim a much higher level of security.
The Samsung device does not come with any locked bootloaders, however, the built-in disk encryption is resulting in a highly fragile support rendering the device rather tough to use every day. Even with different encryption, Samsung’s fatal flaw is that it allows storage of data on any ordinary SD card ported with the device.
Nonexistent management tools do not allow the device to live up to industry standards. The most disturbing thing, however, is a lack of scalability. Maneuvering devices numbering anything higher than a small number of Galaxy tablet devices within any given work environment. This is something that has even the iPad worried.
The BlackBerry PlayBook on the other hand, gives an astounding level of severance for the user data. Personal and work modes are now separated with greater ease. The all round construction of the BlackBerry PlayBook enables the implementation of focused biz data wipes, all the while, ensuring personal data security.
An increasing number of merchants are coming up with third-party tools designed to reduce security glitches arising in these devices for a secure corporate work environment. BYOD management’s relevance and effective security mechanism were previously far from the jurisdiction of the device context. The rising trend of BYOD however, has turned to focus on the issue of context and its many security repercussions.
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