Firms not ready to open network to staff-owned devices


Firms not ready to open network to staff-owned devices

Simon Quicke

The consumerisation of IT is an issue users are aware of but many remain in denial over the extent to which employees are connecting to the corporate network with mobile devices.

The growth of the bring your own computer movement has emerged as one of the trends for this year with the likes of Citrix promoting the wider use of IT in the workplace exploiting desktop virtualisation tools to provide a uniform user experience.

But there remain large numbers of customers that have either not taken steps to allow staff to bring in their own devices or are struggling to manage the changing demands on the corporate network.

Todd DeLaughter, CEO of Mformation Technologies, said that it had carried out research that revealed 76% of CIOs are worried about the security issues posed by employee-owned mobile devices and 78% didn't even know which devices were connecting to the network.

In the light of Wikileaks he said that CIOs were more concious of the dangers of losing sensitive data and the prospects of that happening had increased as a result of the latest technology.

"Consumer devices are showing up in the enterprise that not only consume content but tablets allow you to create content and in the context of the corporate environment the data can be sensitive," he said.

Some firms have continued to try and lock out users but increasingly those determined to use their own devices were finding ways of working round the constraints and were finding 'backdoors' that created security risks.

DeLaughter added that the movement of smart devices into the corporate world was unstoppable and "this will be a channel play".

Others in the industry agreed that there was a fair way to go for firms to get prepared for the changing demands on the network from staff.

"The iPhone and iPad have inspired workforces to bring their consumer-grade devices to work and on to the corporate network - bringing with them new features and services, as well as a host of challenges for IT," said Roger Hockaday, director of m,arketing at Aruba Networks.

"IT departments must act quickly and recognise this continuing trend, upgrading legacy networks that simply have not been designed to cope with the demands of these truly mobile devices," he added.

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