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How to get the balance right between mobility and security

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How do you stop a runaway train? IT managers could be forgiven for thinking they face a similar task - trying to secure business data as mobile devices abound in the workplace.


One thing is for sure: mobile devices are here to stay. Whether you have a fleet of company-owned phones, a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) program or no formal policies at all, employees expect to be able to connect to the corporate network.


Smartphones and tablets have quickly become vital tools for business communications. When surveyed for the Optus Future of Business Report 2014, businesses nominated "mobile devices" as their top investment for improving customer experience - and providing "mobile device access to the corporate network" was not far behind.


The trade-off, of course, is the increased security risk. According to the latest Check Point Security Report, 88 per cent of organisations experienced at least one potential data loss incident in 2013. That's up from 54 per cent in 2012 - and the growth of connected devices in the workplace is unlikely to be coincidental.


So how do you balance security risks against the need to empower employees with the right tools? We asked security and mobility experts who attended this year's Optus Vision conference. Find out what we have to say in the video below. For more insights from the conference check out our other videos here.



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All views expressed are authors own.


About the Author
Philip’s all about the transition of business to mobile. He recognises the potential to increase productivity and efficiency through convergence, and how technology is finally at a point where things like mobile video collaboration are a practical reality. He specialises in the transition of businesses to mobile operations. By developing strong partnership programs and ecosystems for businesses, Philip helps them add value to their data and voice infrastructure offerings. And by developing bespoke applications, helps companies make the most of the information they have in creative and effective ways. Philip on Twitter: @pguestp