As mobile devices continue to enter the corporate enterprise, IT professionals are implementing new strategies to manage these highly mobile and varying devices. Smartphones and tablet computers have created a new niche among computing devices. Like the desktop and laptop computers that preceded them, these devices increase user productivity by providing access to corporate resources. However, unique to these devices is the fact that they are highly mobile, often function for both work and personal use and come in many variations with differing operating systems, form factors, connectivity options, application capabilities and if that is not enough they have a relatively short life cycle with most devices being replaced with newer models in less than 2 years.
The adoption of BYOD is occurring in every market segment by small and large organizations alike. This is the result of businesses having concluded that their employees are more productive and accessible when they can use their own mobile device to perform work related activities. However, this productivity and access may lead to undesired security challenges. Exposing your network, servers and business applications to the outside world invites hackers, competitors and others to wreak havoc. The most logical approach is to extend your existing security policies to this new mobile end point. But how? Fortunately there is an expanding industry of software tools that are designed to specifically address the security issues related to mobile devices. These tools are continually evolving in functionality and address the majority if not all of your security challenges including:
In January 2010, Department of Transportation banned commercial vehicle drivers in the U.S. from text messaging and using handheld cell phones while driving. Later that same year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program as a new nationwide system for making the roads safer. More recently, the FMCSA released rules effective January, 2012 restricting use of hand-held mobile phones by drivers of commercial motor vehicles.