Tablet security is achievable, report says
Any new technology introduced into the work environment is going to come with its share of challenges. When it comes to the up-and-coming tablet computer, data protection is one of the biggest hurdles, as companies may struggle to adjust their security policies to the new devices.
But according to a report from technology news provider Network World, security on tablet computers may not be as big a challenge as some believe. In fact, one expert tells Network World that tablet security is very manageable if the company takes it seriously.
"Security is grossly over-rated as a topic," says Dale Potter, CIO of Ottawa Hospital. "And there are all kinds of security strategies that can be applied to the device, such as providing strong passwords."
The main security advantage of the tablet is its lack of on-board storage. Very little information is stored directly on the device's hard drive. Instead, most of it is stored in applications and cloud-based programs, both of which can be easily protected by passwords and various encryption methods.
Experts recommend companies also deploy other tools, such as remote wipe and antivirus software, to secure their tablets. Going forward, it will be just as important for businesses to put as much emphasis on securing their mobile devices as they do their traditional PCs.