ISSE 2012: BYOD can be 'a nightmare' for IT managers

The challenge of personally owned or corporate-owned personally-enabled devices can be a major challenge when it comes to security and privacy.

Speaking at the Information Security Solutions Europe (ISSE) Conference in Brussels, Patrick Michaelis, senior security product manager at Research in Motion (RIM), said that while we are in the middle of a paradigm shift in the consumer world, there is an idea of [that is] 'good enough security', as users do not understand the concept of security systems, and this is something that needs to be improved.

Regarding solutions, Michaelis said that virtualisation for mobile is not ready yet, while applications can be run in a secure container. “My favourite, is to re-ship it with a micro kernel technology and sandbox for every application,” he said.

“With corporate-owned personally-enabled (COPE), the company is the owner of a device and they can enforce what they want, they care about the data and not the device as they have to pay at the end.”

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