The Smartphone Lockdown

Joseff Betancourt

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Sometime between Google taking a huge share of the mobile handset market and Verizon offering the Apple iPhone 4, a big change occurred-choice. Now instead of just a sturdy little BlackBerry, IT organizations started offering Androids and even iPhone 4 smartphones to the regular staff. I'm pretty sure there are some companies that even offer Palm Pre and Windows 7 Mobile smartphones.

I'm also pretty sure that the first point of business for many of these individuals is to load Angry Birds and set their ring tones for family and friends.

Where company phones were once for company business only, now they are the newest accessory to obtain. What better way to show your success than a free smartphone with an unlimited data and call plan?

Luckily, some companies are trying to break this emerging trend at its start with the introduction of professional and private profiles. One example is Enterproid, which builds upon the built-in support for multiple profiles in the Android operating system to lock down security for each profile and encrypt enterprise data. Sybase has a similar application for iPhone called iAnywhere Mobile Office. Windows 7 Mobile users don't really have the option of split profiles because the built-in security locks down the entire device for business use only.

These problems aren't anything new when you think about how people use corporate PCs. We just need to refocus and define what exactly a corporate smartphone is to be used for and what are the limits of usage actually going to be.
 



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