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Mobile devices increase business’ IT vulnerability

Internet vulnerability has increased by 30 percent in the last year, with a more than 160% increase in new vendors affected according to a report by global digital security company Symantec.

The Symantec Global Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR) XVI indicated that vulnerabilities came from a rapidly changing computing environment brought on by an increase in the use of mobile devices and the varieties of operating systems.

“Change is inevitable for IT organisations and it comes from several sources—from managing and supporting disparate endpoints to adopting new technologies or trends like cloud, virtualisation, and mobile,” said Rob Greer, vice president for Product Management, Endpoint and Mobility Group at Symantec. “Tackling the ability to manage that change can be a daunting task in an increasingly heterogeneous environment.”

IT managers are now expected to shift from a purely ‘desktop’ environment to ‘device management’ where managers are responsible for the security and disaster recovery of the devices—both physical and virtual—they manage.

IT organisations therefore need client management solutions that not only help them manage and secure today’s more standardised PC environment but will also be able to support the virtual and heterogeneous desktop of tomorrow, Greer advised.

Understanding these new demands will allow business owners to employ appropriate IT management strategies that streamline updates, patch management, systems migration, and process automation across both desktop and mobile devices.

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Adeline Teoh

Adeline Teoh

Adeline Teoh is a journalist with more than a decade of publishing experience in the fields of business, education, travel, health, and project management. She has specialised in business since 2003.

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