Opening Access While Protecting Data
Aug. 26, 2010 (Vol. 31, No. 16)
Aside from support issues, the biggest fear of opening up connectivity to the corporate network is one of security. If corporate data resides on a local handset that the company doesn’t manage or control, that could be a recipe for compliance violation - at a minimum.
There are a couple of emerging ways to get the best of both worlds. One is to use virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) on the user machine. In this scenario, corporate resources remain in the data center and are never downloaded to the local machine. The user views and manipulates data remotely, having access to corporate resources while being able to do whatever they wish using their personal applications local to their own devices.
Alternatively, mobile cloud computing could deliver a similar result. “Why have native apps? Why not just run everything in your mobile browser?” muses Philippe Winthrop, managing director of the Enterprise Mobility Foundation, an independent enterprise mobility think tank formed in April.
That’s a forward-looking alternative, and some rebut that ubiquitous mobile network connectivity will be a prerequisite to getting rid of native applications. (