A Look at Personal Mobile Devices in the Office
・2012.03.01 A Look at Personal Mobile Devices in the Office
There are benefits to allowing the use of personal mobile devices for city and county work. For example, Gordon Bruce, CIO of the city and county of Honolulu, said that if correctly managed, workers’ personal mobile devices could end up replacing some of the jurisdiction’s desktop computers. “Which means we won’t have to pay for them, which means the taxpayer won’t have to pay for them,” Bruce said. “So I like that idea.”
But managing these devices is a concern, and regardless of whether they are owned by the jurisdiction or by the employee, increased mobility brings increased risk. Malware targeting these devices has grown exponentially, leading one security vendor to call 2011 the “year of mobile malware.” And according to one survey, 77 percent of U.S. cellphone users reported losing at least one such device. The dream of desktop computers bolted to the desk behind a firewall is being eclipsed by the nightmare of staffers talking, texting or Web browsing using a variety of devices on different platforms over unsecured Wi-Fi hot spots.