iPhones Pose Conundrum for IT Departments

By Steve Marlin

Markets Media turns to DataArt to discuss the use of iPhones in corporate IT departments and potential security risks it may pose. The article extensively quotes Oleg Komissarov, DataArt’s Vice President of Enterprise Solutions. The dilemma IT departments face is that by allowing the devices to access business apps, they run the risk of running afoul of corporate IT and security policies.

“Corporate IT departments are usually regulated by a number of policies aimed at protecting sensitive information,” said Oleg Komissarov, vice-president of enterprise solutions at DataArt, which develops custom software for financial services firms. “This can make them reluctant to implement extra services and information channels—email, for instance—that would extend any potential vulnerability.”

The corporate concern for data and information security remains as users mix enterprise and personal data on their mobile devices. Business functionality available on mobile devices is often read-only or ‘subset of desktop’.

In combination with gaming and multimedia consumption, users’ attitudes towards mobile device privacy and information security may decrease, resulting in an increase of information leaks.

As a practical matter, these issues make things more expensive, as extra funds are needed to support added infrastructure and mobile data management for devices.

“With people growing more and more accustomed to stellar consumer-focused mobile user experience, their expectations and the related IT spend increase,” said Komissarov. “Overall, software quality standards are now dictated by mobile usage in a plethora of ways.”

The increased use of mobile apps translates into a greater reliance on cloud-based technologies.

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