Kathryn Weldon, principal analyst of enterprise mobility with Sterling, Va.-based research firm Current Analysis, however, said the key isn't protecting just the device, but implementing end-to-end solutions that secure the network and devices at three different levels.
said, companies need to secure corporate servers and the perimeter with firewalls, and antispam and antivirus protection.
said, businesses must ensure their carrier or any middleware is secure with end-to-end encryption.
Lastly, the device itself should be updated with additional encryption, authentication and some form of network policy management.
That's where several enterprises fall short because they use just one or two of the three options, Weldon
said most companies also must set corporate policies to determine who can log onto the network, what information they can access and what security updates are necessary so they don't infect the network.
"To think you're protected at the corporate site with just firewalls and antivirus is naÏve," she
said, companies have wised up and are now looking for ways to secure on all three levels.
department is actually starting to take this stuff seriously," she
"They're asking whether you protect at the perimeter or protect at the device.
You need to do it at both ends."
said similar to Pointsec, vendors like Credent and Bluefire Security Technologies also offer device-based encryption and authentication tools that work well as an additional layer.
"There are companies out there saying, 'Why don't we just encrypt everything,'" she
One thing hindering solid device and mobile network security, Weldon
said, is the fragmentation between carriers, vendors and resellers on which level they protect.
Some focus on devices, others focus on the network, while still there are carriers and middleware providers that put their focus somewhere else.
Trying to tie all three into one bundle is frustrating, costly and time consuming for IT professionals, she
"From an enterprise perspective, why do you have to go to three people or more to protect from end-to-end?
"There's got to be more integration in this market."
said some system integrators have taken advantage of the open market
and have paired with vendors and carries to offer three levels of protection, but it's still in its infancy.
"They're not going to re-invent the wheel," she
said, "but carriers are partnering with third parties to integrate at all the enterprise levels.