Mobile computing for the midmarket

Thanks to mobile computing, gone are the days of desktop computers, land line phones and the daily commute to the office. Today's businesses, regardless of size, rely on highly productive employees who are equipped to do the job anywhere, anytime. For midmarket companies, that means spending IT dollars wisely on wireless LANs, laptops, cell phones and other mobile devices. The IT Management guide to mobile computing offers resources and advice for successfully investing, implementing and maintaining mobile computing devices in your midmarket company.

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Encrypting mobile devices: A best practice no one uses
[Shamus McGillicuddy, News Writer]

Experts say encryption is the best way to protect sensitive data on laptops and other mobile devices. Most IT organizations say they know this. So why do so few companies actually do it?

"I'm concerned that a great number of companies are still not protecting their data," said John Girard, vice president and distinguished analyst at Stamford, Conn.-based Gartner Inc. "The sales of [encryption] products over the last number of years are still a small fraction of the laptops and mobile devices out there."

Credant Technologies Inc., an Addison, Texas-based vendor of mobile encryption technology, recently surveyed 426 IT professionals worldwide. Eight-eight percent said they know large amounts of sensitive data are sitting on their employees' mobile devices. Seventy-two percent said the best way to protect that data is through encryption. But only 20% said they have actually deployed encryption on those devices.

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This was first published in November 2006

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