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    Mobile Safer than Desktops?

    Jul 24, 2013
    Yes, it could happen. Mobile technology could actually be more secure than traditional computing by next year.

    Yes, it could happen. Mobile technology could actually be more secure than traditional computing by next year.

    This bold prediction was made by Marc van Zadelhoff, IBM vice president of strategy and product management, in a recent guest article in USA Today’s Cybertruth.

    “Companies are adopting best practices that are rapidly enabling mobile computing to become more secure than traditional desktop computing,” van Zadelhoff explained. “This is being led by chief information security officers who are driving change to ensure critical mobile security needs are addressed today.”

    Although mobile devices and tablets are primarily considered consumer products, they are increasingly being used for business purposes. This has forced enterprises to develop and expand policies that guide their use and security. For example, a growing number of organizations now requires employees to adopt solutions on their mobile device that help keep personal data separate from corporate data.

    Given the advances in mobile technology, van Zadelhoff concluded that security officers will have more finite control over mobile devices than they've had over traditional computers. “Going forward, mobile devices no longer have to be a security threat, but instead it can be seen as a ‘do-over’ in order to get it right.”

    ARMA International’s Mobile Communications and Records and Information Management (ARMA TR 20-2012) is a useful resource for organizations needing guidance about using mobile devices for business purposes. Click on the title above or search for it at www.arma.org/bookstore to learn more about this publication. 

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