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Army knocked over mobile device cybersecurity

John P. Mello | April 3, 2013
Effective program needed to secure about 14,000 mobile devices at West Point and Corps of Engineers, Inspector General report says

However, a lot of corporations and government agencies are in the same shoes as the Army CIO when it comes to BYOD. "They're just realizing that this is happening and are trying to find a way to control the chaos of it," McCarthy explained.

"DOD has the advantage of being able to give orders and be much more strict about which devices are allowed," he added.

However, the blurring line between work and home is posing problems for all organizations because employees find it difficult to make distinctions between what's theirs and what's the boss's.

"It's an employee's phone but it's connecting to a corporate network," said Beth Jones, a senior threat researcher with SophosLabs.

"Employees need to understand that if they want to use their phone for work, they're going to have to compromise on the freedom of use," she asserted.

 

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