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Periscope is an enterprise security risk

Sunil Shah | April 13, 2015
Periscope, a live video streaming app that Twitter bought last month, has been making waves across the world--except in enterprise security departments.

"MDM is fine but with personal phones, it becomes an issue," says Saravade.

Another approach could be to control live-streaming apps like Periscope from the network. But how do you control a personal phone using 3G? Cellular jamming is another option, but that would affect productivity.

You could, of course, call for a ban on personal phones, "but that's probably the last decision you'll make in that organization," says Mishra laughing.

Saravade says that tackling such a challenge requires maturity and education. "Security assurance depends on a framework which includes people, processes, and technology." It's important, he says, to ensure a company's privacy policy expands to take live streaming apps like Periscope into account. The next step is to educate users about the policy and enforce it.  

He also believes that the law, which he says is maturing fast in India, needs to catch up with innovations like Periscope. Currently the IT Act covers voyeurism, but not the broadcasting of confidential company data.  

Someone's going to blow the whistle on the whistling app; the question is: Will it be before or after an embarrassing incident?


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