This week’s Economist has a short article on mobile device security. Rightfully so, they recognize the security threat is data loss as opposed to malware. As discussed in previous posts, the BYOD challenge is about management of devices. Data loss prevention is most effective when it is aware the device exists and is accessing, sitting or transmitting certain information when it should not be.
We have been asked recently about the potential growth in the BYOD space. It won’t come from malware. It will come from a proliferation of devices, from the common smartphone to the latest wearable, that is retaining and transmitting information the enterprise simply does not want transmitted. And please remember, data is not just spreadsheet attachments in an email, more importantly it is video, taken innocently or not in the office, that poses data loss problems.
That is the threat of BYOD.