PHOTO - Jeremy Phuah, WebSphere Solutions Architect, IBM Malaysia.
Technology giant IBM Malaysia has announced moves that will help Malaysian organisations better manage the increasing trend towards mobile working.
"In Malaysia, more companies are increasingly allowing mobile access to corporate e-mails and data." said IBM Malaysia WebSphere solutions architect Jeremy Phuah. "This is especially applicable to users who are in sales or road warriors in general. Organisations that currently allow such access are starting to look at mobile security more intently now that many employees purchase their own smartphone devices and are requesting access to work-related data on the go."
Phuah said IBM has introduced new software to help organisations better manage and secure the explosion of smartphones and tablets in the workplace, while also managing laptops, desktops and servers. In addition to the new mobile security and management software, the company has announced the acquisition of Worklight, which would help global organisations leverage the proliferation of all mobile devices -- from laptops to smartphones and tablets across different operating platforms such as Apple iOS, Android, Symbian and Windows
"For local mobile devices users, there could be a possibility of interception by unsolicited parties during the transmission of personal information or details as a large number of Malaysian users store their sensitive password in the phones albeit trying to hide under different names or folders," he said. "Some mobile devices may be vulnerable to threats than others. For example, mobile devices built on proprietary applications would be less vulnerable to exploits while mobile devices built on open source applications would be more prone to malicious attacks."
"IBM's IT security research team, X-Force, predicts a modest 33 software exploits targeting mobile devices in the year ahead, that would be about twice the number of such attack code released in the past 12 months," said Phuah. "Globally, industry analysts are expecting mobile device shipments to exceed a billion devices by 2015. With mobility as a growing trend, more enterprise IT departments would have to allow company data to be accessible through mobile devices. Following this, an increase in security threats would be expected. However, not all mobile devices are created equal."
"As the mobile workforce is expected to reach more than 1.19 billion by next year, there are new pressures to connect personal smartphones and tablets to corporate networks and provide employee access to business data on them," he said. "At the end of 2011, almost half of mobile devices used in the workplace were employee owned, according to IDC. This 'Bring Your Own Device' (BYOD) trend raises additional concerns about managing security risks. Mobile exploits doubled in 2011 from 2010, according to the IBM X-Force Mid-Year Trend and Risk Report."
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