Smartphones Need Smarter Security

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BLOG: Smartphones such as the iPhone, Palm Pre and Blackberry are increasing in power and functionality. That also means they're increasingly becoming a target for hackers and malware writers. This trend will make security an imparative for smartphone users, and that's an opportunity for solution providers.

The next great battle in the cellphone wars is coming with this month’s release of the Apple iPhone 3G and the Palm Pre. This devices are more than just cellphones, more than just smartphones; they are truly handheld platforms that have enough processing power and memory to start emulating heavy clients.

And that’s potentially a huge security problem for enterprises and, perhaps, a big opportunity for solution providers.

In the Channel Insider 2009 Market Pulse survey, solution providers reported that the product in highest demand is smartphones. That may come as a surprise to some that businesses would be asking their PC and server guys for iPhones and Blackberries, but it makes perfect sense if you consider the adoption trend.

Just five years ago, only a privileged few in the enterprise had an email capable device such as a Blackberry. The devices were expensive and limited in functionality. Today, smartphones and email and Web-enabled devices are ubiquitous. Not only has it become a business imperative to have these devices, enterprise are being called upon the support user-owned phones. That’s a management and policy headache. The answer is increasingly outsourcing implementation, support and management.

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Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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