Policy for wireless/mobile computers

Lisa Phifer offers advice for creating a policy for mobile computer usage.

ITKnowledge Exchange member "brebeck" had a question about policies for wireless/mobile computers and our resident wireless guru, Lisa Phifer offered her advice. Here is the Q&A.

ITKnowledge Exchange member "brebeck" asked:
We have only recently allowed the use of wireless NICs on our corporate laptops. Our sales force hopes to use the technology to send orders, retrieve email, etc. I have been charged with writing a policy governing the types of PCMCIA cards and also how the technology is to be used. I have concerns about users connecting to unsecured networks, and the threats that may involve. Does anyone have a policy/template they have followed? Also, any advice about security, etc., would be greatly appreciated.

Lisa Phifer WRITES:
Check out the CWNP WLAN Security Policy Template, the TechRepublic Wireless Policy Template, and the sample policies mentioned in this http://searchmobilecomputing.techtarget.com/tip/0,289483,sid40_gci1090051,00.html.

You might also want to attend this SearchMobileComputing webcast: Managed Security: Best Practices for Wireless & Mobile Security.

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This was first published in August 2005

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