When both private and corporate data is stored on the same device, it becomes a data container that is vulnerable to data leakage. As a result, when employees use personal devices to access core business applications that reside in the cloud, how can organizations ensure that the device won’t be used by unauthorized personnel to penetrate the organization? How can they make sure that passwords stored on a device are protected?
There is no denying that mobile devices like tablets are changing the way we communicate, work and share information on the go — it’s the next logical step in the “post-PC” world. In fact, 200 million tablets could be sold annually by 2014, according to predictions, and cloud-based services are becoming a key feature for consumers.
In addition to an increase in cloud-based services, there is a surge in multiple mobile devices — with consumers not only using several at one time, but also switching between them throughout the day. C-level executives are a key driver, especially as tablets continue to grow in popularity and are added to the “workforce arsenal” that already includes PCs and BlackBerry devices.
Whatever device is being used, consumers are starting to expect data and application continuity when switching between tablets, smartphones and laptops, which further feeds the demand for cloud-based services. When applications and data are accessed and stored in the cloud, the transition from one device to another is seamless, guaranteeing users’ continuity without any problems.
Organizations are realizing that beyond cost efficiencies, they can leverage the advantages of data and application continuity in the cloud to provide employees with greater flexibility. However, this new environment, though convenient, poses several security challenges — such as blurring the lines between private and company-issued devices.
As employees increasingly use personal devices to access and store sensitive corporate resources and data, organizations need to address key security issues that until now did not pose a significant challenge.