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Device Management: Advice for MSPs

One day, it's quite possible that tablets and mobile computing -- to say nothing of cloud technology -- will change the hardware landscape and if organizations are not careful, security could be orphaned along with coherent and cohesive processing environments.

If recent initiatives are any indication, Trend Micro envisions a world where an enterprise or SMB may operate wholly through an iPad and/or Windows phone, while its customers have everything from netbooks to PCs with cloud operating systems. The MSPs challenge will be to integrate all of these disparate computing units and manage an environment where it doesn't seem like any differences actually exist.

A recent poll of "IT decision-makers" by Trend Micro found that 74 percent of organizations already allowed employees to use personal devices, while at the same time about 80 percent of the same respondents said putting critical data on a mobile device makes it far more susceptible to attack and breach.

Trend Micro -- whose own software is compatible with smartphone platforms from Apple iOS, Google Android, Symbian and Windows Phone 7 -- joins others in suggesting console device management platforms as a start for a new world where unmatched devices and apps can still match up with business objectives.

Posted by Jabulani Leffall on July 11, 2011


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