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An Enterprise Security Look Back and Look Ahead

Ron Temske, Vice President, Security Solutions, Logicalis US

For one of our first Enterprise Security blog posts of 2017, I thought I would reflect on some of the most significant events of 2016. I’ll stay away from predictions for 2017 since there’s no reason to create a documented record of how wrong I was!

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Why are Apps Central to Digital Transformation?

Over 700 IT leaders respond to Logicalis’ fourth annual Global CIO Survey

The statement “every company is a software company” has practically been on repeat over the last few years. When it was first uttered, it was more of a future-gazing, stake-in-the-ground pronouncement – and its application to today’s world is probably still a bit premature. Not every business is a software business – yet – but Logicalis’ 2016 Global CIO Survey suggests that we’re getting there, with the help of a few shining lights along the way.

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CIOs: The IT World You Live in is About to Change

By Jim Cook, Vice President, Services Sales, Logicalis US

Research shows the millennial generation is now America’s largest living generation.  As millennials make their presence known in both the consumer world and in the workplace, they are dramatically impacting the way communication takes place.  These are people who have grown up with a mobile device in their hands.  They are accustomed to a consumer-like experience even when using business communications and computing tools. They are a generation of people who are inherently comfortable with technology and have a high expectation for how it will perform. As a result, the IT world experienced CIOs live in today is about to change.

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Is a weak BYOD strategy better than none at all?

Mike JohnsonGuest author: Mike Johnson, ‎Director UC Architectures & Solutions

Before hastily implementing a BYOD policy, companies need to assess the full scope of risks that come with using mobile devices for work, says a new report from a leading cybersecurity organization.

According to the Information Security Forum, businesses that push BYOD too quickly often neglect or ignore risk management, which can have disastrous consequences. However, current estimates show that somewhere between 60-80% of organizations don’t have BYOD policies in place today–so what should these organizations do?

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The first option is to hold off on BYOD. But is this really an option? Organizations that follow this path would soon realize they are hampering their workforce productivity, so another option would be to simply allow for e-mail delivery through Active-Sync and to require a PIN and email wipe, at the bare minimum. Companies can then take their time to thoroughly assess the risks involved in a more robust BYOD policy, develop a comprehensive policy and make an informed decision about how best to track and possibly restrict company information on personal devices. This approach ensures that when the BYOD strategy is put in place, it most likely has accounted for all major risk factors.

The final alternative is to quickly create a BYOD policy and start tracking devices using more robust features, but still keeping it simple. This line of thinking sees that employees are already using mobile devices for work, so the IT department that currently operates without a BYOD plan needs to get one in place as soon as possible, even if it initially ignores a few security holes.

Perhaps we can have it both ways? Should organizations adopt BYOD quickly and then phase in more robust features/functions and security? Or is this hype, and effective BYOD strategies simply require time to develop?

Hype or Ripe
Is it better to have an incomplete BYOD policy than none at all?



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The constantly changing world of healthcare IT

It’s no secret that healthcare is rapidly changing in the United States, and healthcare IT is moving quickly to keep up. As healthcare continues to evolve, providers are quickly learning the significance of BYOD, mobile apps, archiving and DRaaS.

What’s changing now?

As mobile health is expected to expand to a $20 billion market, healthcare providers are stepping up their technology game. Last year, 78 percent of clinicians – primary care doctors, oncologists, cardiologists, psychiatrists, physicians assistants and nurse practitioners – used smartphones and 34 percent used tablets professionally. Those numbers are on the rise. This year, you can find 86 percent of doctors on their smart phones and 53 percent on tablets. Even more telling, nearly half of doctors are considered “omnivores,” meaning they use three types of devices – smartphones, tablets and PCs.

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Ra2studio/Shutterstock

What’s the next step?

Healthcare providers are looking to provide the access that patients are requesting. Right now, 43 percent of patients can access their medical records online, but more than 80 percent would like access. To meet patient requests, the patient portal market is predicted to reach $900 million over the next three years.

What obstacles must healthcare IT overcome?

More than 33 percent of hospitals don’t have a disaster recovery plan in place. The needs of patients require real time, available access to healthcare systems at any given time – including when disaster, natural or otherwise, strikes. As healthcare IT continues to move forward, disaster recovery must become a priority.

Is healthcare IT moving quickly enough to keep up with the changes in healthcare?

How to COPE with BYOD in 2014

Tech experts predict BYOD will take a new turn in 2014, and it might be the answer for companies hesitant to adopt the practice. Company owned, personally enabled (COPE) devices are a hybrid of sorts; COPE takes an approach that incorporates the benefits of BYOD and traditional company-owned devices.

The pros of COPE

With 60% of IT and security specialists displeased with BYOD, COPE might be the middle ground that many companies need. As BYOD gains popularity, some IT departments are becoming increasingly nervous about the security of their data. Some companies are finding that COPE gives employees the same access to reliable devices that they would have with BYOD, but can provide reassurance to employers with security concerns.

As with BYOD, employees have the ability to use one device for both professional and personal purposes (within reason), but COPE allows the employer to regain control. Because the company owns the device, if an employee leaves the company, there is no fear of restricted data on his or her device being compromised.

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The cons of COPE

Because COPE devices are company owned, there is an added monetary cost, particularly if the company has been using a BYOD model.

Perhaps the biggest downside of COPE is the resulting blurred lines surrounding employee privacy. Because the devices are granted with the understanding that they can be used personally, companies may end up with access to employees’ personal email, social media accounts, online banking information and more.

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Will COPE replace BYOD in 2014?



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