The Consumerisation of IT

The smartphone is ubiquitous, and for many people the fact that they are always connected is not necessarily a bad thing. We’ve got significant computing power at our fingertips, and we don’t want to drop our devices for anybody.

Not even our workplaces, and that’s obviously a challenge for the people in charge. The term ‘consumerisation of IT’ has been around for a long time now, but it’s not an on-going process. The wall has been well and truly breached – these devices are in the business network whether you like it or not.

And it’s not just devices. The world uses social networks. This means that employees at work will want to use tools like Twitter and Facebook. A complete ban isn’t the answer – barriers will be circumvented, holes will be found.

For adequate protection, you have tools like Network Access Control (NAC), endpoint security, virtualisation and sandboxing. But it won’t just be one of these technologies. Using just one of these tools won’t be enough – none of these are a silver bullet that will solve your problems – if only it was that easy!

In the end it needs a joined-up approach. Make sure that security is the responsibility of everybody, not just a few ‘experts’. Understand whatever technology you put in place, make sure you know exactly what’s going on – respond effectively.