Tablets call for new security considerations, expert says
In a report for IT security news provider Dark Reading, technology writer Debra Donston-Miller acknowledges that most companies have managed to establish data protection strategies for their phones and PCs, but many are struggling to lock down best practices for the devices in between, particularly tablet computers.
Donston-Miller asserts that the biggest security threat facing the tablet computer is its size. Smaller than a laptop, the tablet -- as well as the smartphone -- can be more easily lost or stolen. Not only is this frustrating for the user, it can also lead to a breach of security for the company that supports the tablet, as sensitive corporate information could be stored on the device or accessed through applications.
Therefore, it is important for companies to give tablets the same data security diligence as they would a laptop or desktop computer. For example, outfitting a device with tablet-specific antivirus software and data loss prevention measures can be hugely beneficial.
Donston-Miller also recommends establishing a security policy that addresses tablet technology, highlighting acceptable uses and what should be done in the event a device goes missing.
As the tablet becomes a bigger part of the enterprise, experts say, it will be important that companies adjust their security practices to account for this potentially beneficial but often poorly understood technology.