Given this cost issue, securing handhelds becomes a policy issue. Corporations must decide which users and which devices truly need access to corporate resources.
Besides restricting who can access a network with a handheld device, security managers are also looking for help from other sources -- specifically, from the device manufacturers themselves.
For example, industry analysts note that one trend to look for over the next few years is for handheld manufacturers to incorporate anti-virus software into their products. This would be similar to the way PCs sold today often times have a third party anti-virus program bundled into the system.
The user can do scans instantly and if they like the software, they can go to the third-party vendor’s site and sign up for the latest updated. A similar approach with handhelds would be very useful in helping corporations safeguard their networks, systems, and data.