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Security an issue as enterprises embrace cloud and mobility

Security an issue as enterprises embrace cloud and mobility 

One trend that BlackBerry foresees is a potential increase in compromised data as more and more organizations encourage the use of mobility and cloud in the workplace.

In October 2013, BlackBerry introduced a new cloud-based EMM solution designed to give administrators control over employee-owned devices without sacrificing user experience. Gartner predicted that by 2017, half of employers will require their employees to supply their own mobile devices in the workplace – yet BlackBerry pointed out in a press release about the product that employee-owned devices are compromised by malware far more often than their corporate-owned counterparts.

BlackBerry’s EMM solution is designed to address this particular issue. Michael Brown, VP, Security Product Management and Research, BlackBerry, spoke to us about how the company is planning to build on its new EMM solution in the coming months.

“The challenge over the years has been, ‘How can I give my employees access to information from the organization that lets them do their jobs better?’ and that’s been something that’s been our heritage as part of BlackBerry,” said Brown. “With our EMM cloud solution, the focus is on how we can let organizations give employees access to mobile information using a simple and easy to manage console that also gives a nice low barrier to entry in terms of cost, and in terms of not having to deploy infrastructure to actually get on board in the first place.”

Brown added that we will likely be seeing more malware in the enterprise as a result of the proliferation of BYOD arrangements within businesses. But he also believes that the cloud will play a large role in this as well: companies that move to cloud environments will inevitably give more people access to sensitive corporate data.

“Cloud makes it a lot easier and cheaper for companies to let their users access mobile information, meaning the population of people using mobile devices for work is going to increase,” said Brown. “And because you have that simplification in terms of how you manage those devices, then you also expect those devices to access more things within the organization.

“It’s about more people being able to use mobile devices, and being able to use those mobile devices to do more things.”

This is an issue that BlackBerry will continue to address in the coming months and years. For the company, it is paramount that it continues to find that balance between security and user experience.

“We’re going to continue to highlight that work around making it easy and simple for an IT administrator to manage mobile devices,” Brown concluded. “And whenever there are security questions that we need to ask the user, it needs to be done in a very simple and obvious way to let the user do the right thing.”

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