Sunday, January 27, 2013

Want to avoid data leakage from mobile enterprise apps? Use the cloud

You know the conventional wisdom:  if you’re using mobile devices, the best way to secure enterprise application data is some combination of locked-down devices and strong data security measures.
However, both IT and users know the truth that comes with these approaches:  they ratchet up hidden costs while killing user experience and productivity, all in the name of avoiding data leakage.
So what are the better options for mobile access to enterprise applications?
The problem is that there haven’t been too many.  But there is one you might not have thought of:  use cloud computing.
Hold on, you say, isn’t the cloud inherently insecure?  Plus, why would I add another wrinkle in communicating back and forth with tablets -- something that's already pretty iffy over mobile networks. Isn’t that a big gamble?  Actually, it's not -- if you do it right.  With a smart approach (and a technology partner who can deliver on a couple key components), cloud computing can be a surprisingly effective technique to solve the security, performance, user experience, and cost issues plaguing enterprises in providing mobile access to enterprise applications.
Intrigued?  We’re doing a free webcast on the topic with InformationWeek at 10 a.m. Pacific on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013.  Join us and we’ll walk you through what I’m proposing here.
The speaker, our CTO and co-founder Stephen Vilke, will look at existing approaches and the trade-offs that enterprises are currently making in application mobilization. He’ll detail the architectural components (both pros and cons) of a cloud-based approach.  And, he’ll show how IT can deliver both secure application data and a UX that employees rave about through the use of a cloud-based architecture.
Stephen will discuss:
  • New architectural ideas that mean you don’t ever put any data on the mobile device
  • A way for applications to communicate with tablets that’s fast and secure – even over unreliable mobile networks
  • How smart use of the cloud can enable the security and usability required by enterprise mobility
  • How IT can enable BYOD and still maintain control
  • A way to future-proof your development and cost structure
If you're interested in hearing more about this approach, especially given existing application investments and tight application development budgets, join us on Tuesday.  We’ll cover how to pull it off.
Stephen will also leave time to take live questions during the event.  And we promise to keep the vendor sales pitch (yes, Framehawk can help you solve a lot of these issues) to a bare minimum.
Hope you can join us.
Click here to register for our InformationWeek webcast "How to Avoid Data Leakage from Mobile Enterprise Applications: Use the Cloud" at 10 a.m. Pacific (1 p.m. Eastern) on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013.  The event will be moderated by Erik Sherman (@ErikSherman), blogger for CBS MoneyWatch and

This post also appears on the Framehawk blog.

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