Consumerisation of IT looms large on security agenda


Consumerisation of IT looms large on security agenda

Simon Quicke

The consumerisation of IT has been one of the main themes of the InfoSec show over the last three days in London.

The rise in flexible working and the increasing move by employers to allow their staff to bring their own devices into work is having a major impact on security.

"There has been a loss of control over the last couple of years and a lot of IT security professionals have been in denial," said Barrie Desmond, marketing and business development director at VADition.

He added that dealing with queries about opening up networks in a secure way had been a constant source of queries on the stands at the show from customers.

Various solutions are being put together to cope with the rise of consumerisation and are seeing a rise in demand for encryption tools, virtual desktop solutions and secure portable storage products.

Andy Cordial, managing director at Origin Storage, said that the concerns over data were causing some customers to investigate internal hard drive encryption as well as remote devices.

The security industry has actively engaged with the consumerisation debate moving quickly to calm customer nerves that it can deliver the framework needed to provide flexibility without compromising data integrity.

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