Security as a key enabler for IT support for Business

In my last blog, I listed a number of key drivers for IT support for business. In this post, I would like to write about a key enabler for Business – and that is security. Due to “Consumerization of Electronics”, all of us are increasingly carrying more and more devices with us all the time, and cannot imagine life without such devices. Imagine a day without your iPhone, or iPad or Nexus or Blackberry or whatever else your fav device is. It is like someone has taken away a body part. Also, increasingly we are carrying such devices to work and trying to use these devices as much as possible to perform our daily activities – email, social media, chats and a million other apps that are out there.┬áThis is the principle of “BYOD” or Bring Your Own Device – and it is becoming increasingly prevalent and acceptable to Enterprises.

The downside to this trend is that the devices that are basically personal devices are being included in the Enterprise domain, and this may lead to a number of security risks. BYOD is only one trend that adds to the security risks – the other trends are usage of cloud resources (in various Avatars), usage of internet and mobile devices for payment, content creation etc. The network is a big enabler for many activities, including the scammers, hackers, and sometimes just the unknowing users.

It is IT along with the business users together, who have to look at the various security risks and eliminate them wherever possible, and minimize the risks otherwise. The job is not just done by technically implementing a solution and forgetting it. An enterprise will be truly secure if all its employees are informed and trained about the concerns, and security aspects, threats and solutions and ways to prevent/ minimize risks. This road will lead to the resolution of some of the risks as everyone is more aware of the possible risks and possible mitigation of such risks.

Will write more about the related topic of privacy soon. Apologies for the long radio silence previous to this post.

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