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November 07, 2005

Yours, Mine & Ours?

Cliff Edwards

Interesting announcement today from Good Technology. With companies saying their numero uno priority is maintaining the security of the network and their data as the consider deployments of mobile email clients, Good announced it early next year will roll out Good Mobile Defense to Windows Mobile, Palm OS and Symbian smartphones.

The idea is to disable those phones if you exceed the maximum number of password attempts or if you lose them. The interesting part is that companies who buy the add-on service also will get the option of telling you what applications you can and cannot install on the phone, and they will be able to remotely disable features such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and cameras.

That begs the question, whose property is the device? Much like notebook pcs and other equipment that connects back to the company, we're starting to see a blurring of the lines between personal and private property. If you purchased the smartphone, it looks like the day is fast approaching--for those who haven't seen it already--that if you want to stay connected to the office, that phone becomes the extended property of the company.

The upshot? You might just want to keep a separate phone for personal use, or accept the fact that work indeed is coming with you everywhere you go.

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Cliff,

Before we can call it a real philosphical issue I think it just shows a big problem in today's security tools and processes. There is a lot of innovation necessary in this field. Sandbox model is definitely one way to go but it is not sufficient. In general from air port security to mobile security people kind of forget the aspects of "user friendliness", "user adoption" while designing security tools and policies. It has detrimental effect because then violators are not always crooks..and so people are somewhat lax in enforcing the policies and that creates an easy gateway for cons..Of course it is easier said than done..A lot of efforts are needed in this space to keep device as "mine" as well as assuring everyone in else whom I touch that I won't "infect" them.

Posted by: getvendors at November 7, 2005 02:11 PM


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