Aug 12, 2011
Are you concerned about the security of your virtual office? If so, check out the latest article in a series from MIT for some tips.
Robert Lemos penned an article entitled “How to Secure the Virtual Office.” In his article, Lemos contends that employees using such gadgets to connect remotely to company servers and e-mail accounts can boost efficiency; but the practice also creates security challenges—and that companies will have to learn how to overcome those challenges for the distributed office of the future to succeed.
I agree. With so many data breaches making news headlines lately, security is a major concern for companies large and small—even for individual entrepreneurs using virtual offices. The rise of cloud computing and cloud-based services is an open door of opportunity for malicious hacking if security measures aren’t in place.
Lemos goes on to offer information on various solutions for securing the virtual office, including Symantec, Websense and Zenprise. I decided to take a closer look at some solutions to secure the virtual office with its distributed workforce of mobile device users and how it might help secure a virtual office.
Zenprise just rolled out a solution called Zencloud, a cloud-based mobile security and device management solution with a 100 percent SLA. The solution promises to secure the entire mobile enterprise.
“To protect the entire mobile enterprise, Zenprise has built solutions from the ground up to offer products that are scalable, fault tolerant and resilient,” said Jayaram Bhat, Zenprise CEO. “Since any outage can potentially create security vulnerability, today’s announcement of our new cloud based solution and 100 percent SLA demonstrates our uncompromising level of service and support while backing it up financially.”
Symantec also has a take on the issue. While offering improved security over traditional desktop-based operating systems, both iOS and Android are still vulnerable to many existing categories of attacks. Users of both Android and iOS devices regularly synchronize their devices with 3rd-party cloud services, such as web-based calendars, and with their home desktop computers. This can potentially expose sensitive enterprise data stored on these devices to systems outside the governance of the enterprise.
“Today’s mobile devices are a mixed bag when it comes to security,” says Carey Nachenberg, Symantec Fellow and Chief Architect, Symantec Security Technology and Response. “While more secure than traditional PCs, these platforms are still vulnerable to many traditional attacks. Moreover, enterprise employees are increasingly using unmanaged, personal devices to access sensitive enterprise resources, and then connecting these devices to third-party services outside of the governance of the enterprise, potentially exposing key assets to attackers.”