Gartner Predicts: Virtualization Will Lead to Secure Mobile Devices

Loraine Lawson

Worried about all those mobile devices - phones, PDAs, iPods, tiny Dick Tracey wrist watches - walking in and out of the building and possibly your network?


Fear, no more, brave CIO! Virtualization holds the answer.


Or, at least it will in another five or so years.


Gartner predicts virtualization will effectively liberate mobile devices from the locked-down software they now use, enabling companies to download standardized software onto mobile devices. That means you'll be able to apply the same security software and policies now used on laptops to all those mobile devices.


No more worrying about whether someone will use a gadget to steal the corporate trade secrets.


So, what do you do until 2012 roles around and virtualization delivers on this security promise?


Read this CNET article, in which Gartner research director Monica Basso offers her suggestions on how to address the security challenges of today's mobile devices.


While you're visiting CNET, check out the fun story about MIT's exoskeleton, which can handle 80 percent of an 80-pound load - meaning you are effectively lifting only 16 pounds.

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