Technical Article Freedom vs. Control April 11, 2012 by Peter Silva 1998 article android apm apple byod information security ipad iphone mdm mitigation mobile mobile devices mobile security remote access risk managment security service provider tradsec us 0 No sooner had I posted BYOD–The Hottest Trend or Just the Hottest Term, last week than yet another BYOD survey hit the news. The full results will be released in a webinar tomorrow but SANS announced their First Annual Survey Results on Mobility Security. Last December, SANS launched its first ever mobility survey to discover if and how organizations are managing risk around their end user mobile devices. The survey of 500 IT pros found that a meager 9% of organizations felt they were fully aware of the devices accessing corporate resources, while 50% felt only vaguely or fairly aware of the mobile devices accessing their resources. In addition, more than 60 % of organizations allow staff to bring their own devices. With so many companies allowing BYOD, controls and policies are very important to securing business environments.Courtesy: SANS Mobility BYOD Security SurveyDeb Radcliff, executive editor, SANS Analyst Program said, ‘Another interesting note is that organizations are reaching for everything at their disposal to manage this risk,…Among them are user education, MDM (mobile device management), logging and monitoring, NAC and guest networking, and configuration controls.’ Less than 20% are using end point security tools, and out of those, more are using agent-based tools rather than agent-less. According to the survey, 17% say they have stand-alone BYOD security and usage policies; 24% say they have BYOD policies added to their existing policies; 26% say they "sort of" have policies; 3% don't know; and 31% say they do not have any BYOD policies. Over 50% say employee education is one way they secure the devices, and 73% include user education with other security policies. The BYOD challenges, I think, falls under an age old dilemma: Freedom vs. Control. We see this clash in world politics, we’ve seen it pertaining to the internet itself, we may even experience it at home with our offspring. The freedom to select, use, work and play with the desired mobile device of our choosing bumping up against a company’s mandate to protect and secure access to sensitive corporate information. There can be tension between a free and open culture verses the benefits of control and information management. Sometimes people equate freedom with having control over things yet when it comes to controlling others, many of us feel slightly uncomfortable on either end of the leash. Sometimes oversight is necessary if someone does not have self-control. BYOD is a revolution, a drastic change in how organizations manage devices and manage access to information. If you look at revolutions through the years, often it’s about freedom vs. control. I’m certainly not suggesting an employee coup of the executive floor but remember there are two distinct and diverse powers at play here and successful BYOD deployments need to involve both people and technology. psResources SANS Mobility BYOD Security Survey Are your employees on a BYOD binge? SANS Survey: BYOD Widespread But Lacking Sufficient Oversight SANS First Annual Survey Results on Mobility Security: Lack of Awareness, Chaos Pervades with BYOD BYOD–The Hottest Trend or Just the Hottest Term Only 9 Percent of Organizations Are Aware of the Devices Accessing Their Corporate Data Evolving (or not) with Our Devices The New Wallet: Is it Dumb to Carry a Smartphone? Audio Tech Brief - Secure iPhone Access to Corporate Web Applications Freedom vs Control – important lessons to be learned New security flaws detected in mobile devices Freedom and Control | Psychology Today Devo - Freedom Of Choice (Video) last modified: April 11, 2012 0 Comment(s): You must be logged in to post comments.