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Tablet security: Best practices for the tablet computer onslaught
This article is part of the Network Evolution issue of April 2011 Vol. 2, No. 2
Adoption of tablet devices by business users has been astonishingly quick, taking some IT departments by surprise and wondering what to do about tablet security and support. To some extent, tablets can be treated like smartphones with the same mobile operating systems. But tablets are not just big flat smartphones -- they tend to be used differently and thus pose some unique challenges of their own. In the companion to this article, we explored the influx of tablet devices and related mobile security risks in the IT environment. Here we'll discuss how to mitigate those risks. Leverage smartphone mobile security practices Companies that rely on corporate-standard phones to ensure security will have more trouble embracing tablets. Employers may procure tablets for specific use cases, but this alone will not address all tablet demands. Instead, IT must facilitate safe business use of many different employee-owned tablets. Companies that are already securing employee-liable smartphones can start by applying smartphone mobile device ...
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