Tuesday, December 06, 2011 6:23:23 PM
The recent rise of using mobile technology for work tasks has IT managers challenged to secure devices while improving employee flexibility, but some experts believe the cloud industry is about to provide some assistance.
According to a recent eWeek report, cloud providers will adapt in 2012, providing businesses with more services that increase employee sharing in a cloud environment, including mobile and social technologies.
Cloud technology will progressively enable IT managers to integrate social applications with more traditional cloud-based services like email and document sharing, all while employees perform the same services on mobile platforms like smartphones and tablets, the report said.
"Everybody now has a computer in their pocket and is connected to a data center," said Amit Singh, vice president of Google Enterprise, as reported by the source.
According to a recent Citrix report, 45 percent of IT decision makers are unaware of all devices their employees use to complete company tasks, increasing the need for technology that harbors a secure, mobile cloud environment.
It's vital for IT managers to consider cloud security when choosing a provider, especially if employees are connected to the cloud via smartphones or tablets. Several recent studies have revealed mobile device-based data breaches are increasing, as mobile malware is rising and smartphones often contain less effective security than computers.
-McAfee Cloud Security