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BYOD: Is Mobile Device Management The Answer?
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SusuE709
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7/6/2013 | 4:33:19 PM
re: BYOD: Is Mobile Device Management The Answer?
is it true existing smart phone applications that accurate?
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Demax medical
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12/3/2012 | 4:05:52 AM
re: BYOD: Is Mobile Device Management The Answer?
In my view, i think body and mobile devices should stay away from medical records..
AustinIT
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11/29/2012 | 4:46:19 PM
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The industry will never get to your proposed "tested/trusted platform". A totally secure device is a virtual impossibility. With the exception of one that is never used...

SSL and ipSec at their core are secure technologies when implemented correctly. Otherwise, they would not be in such wide use.

The problem is, that hackers can find other ways to compromise a device and eventually take it over. If that happens, then no amount of security technology will help you.

To sum up, mobile devices are now and will continue to be used in our world. We just have to be vigilant in how we provision and use them and know when to raise our hands when things go terribly wrong that we cannot ourselves handle.
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11/27/2012 | 7:28:30 AM
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Hello AustinIT,

It seems that even with your safeguards of SSL and IPSec (which both have their flaws and can by hacked/bypassed) and using RDP to access information, you're still at risk simply because of the mobile platform. One good example of this would be phones with NFC which can be infected by a known exploit to Android (as shown at Black Hat hacking conference this year) and other known exploits to various mobile OSes. Sure there's no data on the mobile device, but if you have control of the device then you have access to the remote data while logged in through that device. There's also the very real possibility of stealing the device and gaining temporary access until the access is turned off. For the most part, BYOD and mobile devices should stay away from medical records in my opinion... at least until there is a tested/trusted platform. The risks are too high, and the data is simply too valuable.

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AustinIT
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11/23/2012 | 2:55:20 PM
re: BYOD: Is Mobile Device Management The Answer?
Well, for one thing, you cannot avoid public wireless networks altogether. That would preclude your mobile users from accessing some resources necessary to do their jobs. What you must do then, is to secure everything using VPN connections whether SSL or ipSec.

Our larger clients are mostly in the medical field. So, we run all data critical apps internally on Servers using RDP over VPN connections. No data hits the mobile devices that way. MDM is mostly via Microsoft mangement apps and EAS.

MDM is an area that needs a great deal of work to build a platform that can uniformly and securely manage the plethora of devices out in the field. A vendor that succeeds here, will make a ton of money.
pragatichaplotjain
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11/23/2012 | 6:19:17 AM
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Absolutely I agree, an IT administrator must have access and control on BYOD devices accessing the corporate network. I also believe BYOD employees must access corporate resources over a secured tunnel and avoid public wireless networks to maintain data integrity.

How are you managing BYOD devices in your org? Which MDM solution do you use? What are the key points you like about your BYOD program?
AustinIT
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11/22/2012 | 3:42:39 PM
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Re-read my comments and you will see that I said nothing about dumping BYOD. My point was "who is really in control here". You cannot control employee's smart phone choice (and by extension other devices). But, you can control whether (or not) they are allowed to connect to your internal network.

It makes zero sense to just let any device access your network without you being in control of it. Now does it?
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11/22/2012 | 11:05:35 AM
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BYOD is not a mistake and network security is also very important. But for the sake of the latter one does not need to dump BYOD. It would be an inappropriate call as you really cannot control your employees smartphone use. Instead of staying in the dark, IT must wake up and deploy mobile device management solutions to push some management controls on these mobile devices.

Also, I think its more apt to tell your employee X set of devices are supported and Y are not. This way you listen to them and they will listen to you.
AustinIT
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11/21/2012 | 6:45:54 PM
re: BYOD: Is Mobile Device Management The Answer?
BYOD provides a great deal of flexibility in the types of endpoint devices that make their way into the hands of users. However, we seem to be allowing this movement to "wag the dog" so to speak.

It is a huge mistake to allow BYOD to supersede the absolute requirement to protect and secure internal systems and the data they contain. Sometimes an end user will just have to be told... NO, not right now... and accept it.


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