Dangers lurking in mobile devices

Smartphones, tablets don’t provide same data protection as laptops
By Nick Galletto, Steve Rampado and Kareen Proudian
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/08/2011

Finding work-life balance used to mean segregating the two so there was no overlap, ensuring that “work” didn’t seep into “life.” But that definition seems almost quaint today. Smartphones and tablets mean constant connectivity to the workplace — and for a growing proportion of employees, that’s just fine. In fact, many people feel work-life balance is not undermined by 24-7 connectivity, it’s enabled by it. But how can organizations protect networks, data and the devices themselves when the office is everywhere?

IT departments are seeing increased demand for support of personal mobile devices. Not only the younger generations but technology enthusiasts in the most senior ranks want and expect to use the newest portable devices to access corporate information.

In many cases, they’re doing it whether it’s sanctioned or not — 80 per cent of smartphone users access their employer’s network without permission and 59 per cent do so daily, according to a 2010 survey by Juniper Networks.