Mobile technology has come incredibly far over the past few years, from smartphones and tablet computers being a luxury to becoming an essential tool for the enterprise, fundamentally changing how we do business. This transformation provided the backdrop for Gigaom’s recent Webinar Evolving Enterprise Security for the Mobile-First World.
As we discussed, mobile security has lagged behind the way we now use such devices, which have moved significantly beyond email to offering a wide range of complex functions. At least until now, as considerable strides have been made to secure the data and services that can now be delivered.
But security does not stop at the device. Speaking to Sam Phillips, Samsung USA’s Chief Information Security Officer and VP of Samsung Business Services for Enterprise Security, it became clear that while the features now available provide a robust foundation for mobile security, they should not be treated in isolation.
We are working in a mobile-first world. Many organisations see mobile technologies as a source of innovation, of new business models and growth. Quite rightly so, as they hold a great deal of promise for both externally facing and operational tasks, for suppliers and customers, for support engineers and warehouse managers.
The theme ‘security as a business enabler’ has evolved from its past, internally-facing beginnings. Where good security once reduced risk, enabling better business by freeing sales representatives or supporting home workers, today security has become an essential part of the trust all stakeholders place in an organisation.