Tag: Mobile Security

Moving to the cloud and enabling mobility are top IT priorities for organizations of all sizes. Today, most business have adopted a hybrid IT model, which includes legacy on-premise applications in local data centers and popular SaaS applications hosted in the cloud. Securing this hybrid IT environment, while providing a consistent experience — with anytime, any device, any application access to authenticated users — remains a key challenge for the IT department.
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As technologists we too easily get lost in discussing problems and solutions, rather than thinking about the motives behind attacks. In terms of security, we should consider the mobile endpoint similar to any other endpoint.  Unfortunately, organizations typically find that mobile endpoints do not have the same level of security enforcement, as they would for instance on a managed Windows endpoint.
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We are midway through the shopping season this year and already online retail shopping is having record sales. According to Adobe, final numbers indicate that Black Friday surpassed estimates, with $3.34 billion – 21.6 percent growth, year-over-year. Mobile accounted for $1.2 billion, a 33 percent increase from the year before. Gartner predicts that 70 percent of mobile employees will use their personal smart devices to conduct work by 2018.
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Managing and securing mobile data is about to get a whole lot easier. Mobile platform providers, historically focused on the consumer, are now investing heavily in new OS features that will seamlessly integrate with mobile management and security solutions and allow businesses to more easily enable mobile access to more data and resources without compromising security.
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The number of mobile devices in the workplace is exploding and with this, a new frontier for cyber-attack is emerging that poses a significant risk to business. As the great philosopher and strategist SunTze wrote, “Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.” Threat analysts are finding that malware isn’t just a problem for laptops any more.
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Providing employees with mobile access to corporate resources and applications can deliver a wealth of benefits, including improved productivity, satisfaction and innovation. However, it also introduces security and compliance challenges, from data loss to network breaches and malware attacks. The way people work has fundamentally changed and mobile devices are at the forefront of this shift.
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IT organizations are struggling to keep up with mobile worker demand for access to more resources from more device types without compromising security. Often, mobile workers are accessing company resources from multiple devices concurrently, increasing traffic volumes, session counts and putting significant strains on legacy access infrastructure. To help meet mobile enterprise needs, SonicWall is introducing three new secure access gateway appliances that increase scalability up to 8x over the previous generation.
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