Companies get tough as gadget risks spike – Quotes by Paul Hill

April 19, 2013 – Boston Business Journal

Mary K. Pratt, Special to the Journal

Steve Snyder, the chief information officer for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, knows the workers in his organization cover a lot of ground on a typical day. So he equips them with iPhones and iPads, allowing them to work as they move around the MCCA’s 1.7 million square feet of space.

But there are limits to what he’ll allow.

There are work applications on the devices, but no data is actually stored on them. Users must enter passwords to activate their devices, and they must do so again if they’ve left their smartphones or tablets idle for more than five minutes. He also uses mobile-device management software, which allows him to erase any data on any device that is lost or stolen.

Snyder said he still worries more about hackers trying to break into the MCCA’s primary, back-end network, but he acknowledged that mobile devices present new concerns when it comes to protecting the corporate environment.

“If you have a device where you don’t enforce these rules, then someone could do real damage,” he said.

The financial security risks posed by mobile computing have exploded with the advent of smartphones and tablets that are increasingly essential to the way modern businesses operate. Indeed, Gartner Inc. predicts that 1.2 billion smartphones and tablets will be bought worldwide this year. Read the article