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Enterprises warned against first true Google phone, Moto X

Antone Gonsalves | Aug. 5, 2013
It is a security nightmare, experts warn.

However, Google has already proclaimed the Moto X its flagship smartphone and Motorola Mobility is reported to be set to spend as much as $500 million in marketing. Such a push gives the phone a better chance of becoming a success.

Google's strategy of making its smartphones as useful as possible is what's needed to drive sales in the consumer market. A phone that can automatically notify the user about traffic conditions before heading to a meeting is certain to please many people.

But the data collection necessary to provide such services, as well as the microphone, camera and NFC needed for ease of use, are making it increasingly difficult for companies to have a liberal BYOD policy.

"Bring-your-own-device is a security nightmare in general," Entner said.

Whether an employee can use their own device to access the corporate network should depend on their job, Stofega said. A chief research officer may not want his location known or to communicate with staff and bosses without strict security controls.

"At some point [companies] have to have control at some level of the person and also the intellectual capital that's invested in that person," Stofega said.

In the meantime, companies are better offer steering away from the Moto X for now, experts say.

"I would not recommend the Moto X to corporate clients until we have a really good understanding and assurances from Google and Motorola on how to combat potential mischief being done with these capabilities," Entner said.

 

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