Saturday, February 18, 2012
BUSINESS MANAGEMENT CONTROLS FOR SMART DEVICES
Virtualization, cloud computing, and wireless technology are fundamentally changing enterprise computing, providing revolutionary gains in productivity and cost savings. Powerful enterprise applications can now be delivered to almost any device, anywhere, at any time and take advantage of tremendous computing power available in consumer devices, such as smartphones and tablets. Regardless of whether these devices are issued corporately or personally owned, almost every IT department is experiencing the effects of unprecedented smart device adoption in their enterprise.
The following controls are suggested for enhancing control in this very critical area:
1. Deployment of Smart Devices: A corporate policy must be crafted and instituted to outline the use of personal devices for corporate uses and their aspects of application processing and data exploitation.
2. Purchases of Smart Devices: Follow Corporate Purchasing Policy and Procedures.
3. Registry: All smart devices should be included in the IT Assets register to be maintained by a central function (e.g., IT Department).
4. Data: All data maintained in smart devices should follow the same guidelines used for maintaining and backing up the corporate data of the given organization.
John Kyriazoglou, CICA, B.A(Hon), is an International IT and Management Consultant, author of the book ‘IT STRATEGIC & OPERATIONAL CONTROLS’ (published in 2010 by www.itgovernance.co.uk), and co-author of the book CORPORATE CONTROLS’ ( to be published in 2012 by www.theiic.org), with Dr. F. Nasuti and Dr. C. Kyriazoglou.