Nothing quite unsettles the stomach of an IT manager than the prospect that users will be attaching mobile computing devices to the corporate network without their knowledge or permission. Unfortunately, many of them know in their hearts that this is happening all the time.
The good news is that some help may be on the way in the form of a new service from LogMeIn, which automatically discovers Apple mobile computing devices such as the iPad and iPhone attached to the network regardless of whether they were bought by the company or an individual employee. Once discovered, the service can either be used to prevent access or automatically apply any number of IT policies on that device.
The new service, which Andrew Burton, LogMeIn vice president of access and management, says leverages the company's LogMeIn Ignition, will be made available as part of LogMeIn Central, the remote-access dashboard that the company makes available to IT managers. Burton says the current version works with iOS devices from Apple and that support for Google Android devices will be forthcoming.
To one degree or another IT organizations are losing control over mobile computing, largely because of all the cloud computing services the devices can readily access. What LogMeIn is essentially providing is a way for IT organizations to finally fight fire with fire.