Guest Column | May 16, 2012

Get Mobile Now — Security And Application Support Solutions For BYOD

Paul Andersen Array Networks

By Paul Andersen, marketing manager, Array Networks

The consumerization of IT is underway. In its report Tablets Will Rule the Future Personal Computing Landscape, Forrester predicts sales of 375 million tablets in 2016 with over 750 million tablets in use. Because tablets are productivity enhancing, portable, and trendy, employees are bringing them to work in droves. Like cloud computing, mobility is causing businesses to reevaluate their approach to information technology.

Referred to as The Consumerization of IT or BYOD, the trend is here to stay. As a consequence, IT is faced with solving two major challenges. The first is security. Every mobile device connected to the corporate network is a threat and every personal tablet and smartphone introduces the potential for data leakage. The second challenge is a lack of native enterprise apps. While this will change over time, there exists a gap between the volume of applications used in the enterprise and those that are available as native mobile apps.

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