Archive for April 7, 2013

Patch Management Software Is Essential

Written by Channel 8 Cleveland on April 7th, 2013. Posted in Blackberry reporting, Desktop management, Mobile security

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Did you know approximately 65 million Americans own a smartphone? Or that media tablet sales reached 19.5 million units in 2010? In today’s world, employees are increasingly using smartphones, such as iPhones, and tablets, such as iPads, for work related purposes. Of course, the blending of personal and work related devices has numerous advantages for companies and employees, allowing employees to more easily connect to work when out of the office. However, companies need to have mobile device management policies in place, including iPhone management and iPhone security.

THe BYOD, or bring your own device, model is becoming increasingly popular in regards to smartphones. For example, the BYOD model of classroom computing has become increasingly popular, as it benefits both students and school districts. And many companies are also adopting BYOD models.

However, in regards to BYOD, effective management, including patch management is essential. Fully one quarter of companies allow BYOD but do not have any kind of management system in place and a third of employees who use a personal mobile device for work say that their company’s data is not encrypted or secure. This could have catastrophic implications. For example, imagine a company phone was lost or stolen from an employee that contained confidential company information. Anyone could easily gain access. Therefore, here needs to a policy in place to protect this information or data. There are encryption and authentication protocols that can be used with BYOD policies to ensure employee compliance with company security requirements. Therefore, iPhone management, including security policies and patch management software, is absolutely essential. Patch management patch and patch management software, specifically, refers to the need for large company IT managers to keep the latest updates on computers to avoid any problems with viruses. Patch management software assists IT managers in identifying, tracking and fixing computers that are not up to date.
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