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Cisco Enters the BYOD Arena

Cisco Systems is expanding its services to enable companies to manage and secure private mobile devices used by employees at work, aiming to benefit from the trend widely known as BYOD or Bring Your Own Device.

Cisco Systems is expanding its services to enable companies to manage and secure private mobile devices used by employees at work, aiming to benefit from the trend widely known as BYOD or Bring Your Own Device.

While corporate IT departments have systems in place to ensure desktop security and to prevent data loss over the Internet or through emails, they are now facing the challenge of dealing with devices such as smartphones, tablets, USB drives or laptops that can open the door to malware or data loss.

That's where Cisco sees growth opportunities for its services, which it has expanded to enable businesses to provide control over individual access and security, beyond merely connecting outside devices to a company network, the company said on Tuesday.

Allowing staff to use any device they choose is becoming a differentiator for companies seeking to hire young employees but it can become a nightmare for the IT department.

According to a study by the Ponemon Institute published in February, organizations often do not know if and what kind of data is leaving their networks through non-secure mobile devices.

"Fifty-nine percent of respondents report that employees circumvent or disengage security features, such as passwords and key locks, on corporate and personal mobile devices," the study found.

However, only 39 percent have the necessary security controls to address the risk, and only 45 percent have enforceable policies, the study also said.

Cisco, which allows staff to use their own devices, said earlier this month that staff using personal devices at the company grew 52 percent in the past year to 50,538 from 33,354 in 2010, with iPhones dominating with around 21,000 devices being used by employees.

Customers using Cisco's services to manage non-company issued mobile devices include Bowdoin College in Maine, University of British Columbia, European mobile phone retail chain Carphone Warehouse, and the City of Amsterdam. (Reporting By Nicola Leske; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)

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3/23/2012 | 4:00:03 PM
re: Cisco Enters the BYOD Arena
ItGs great to see Cisco finally embracing BYOD, but unless youGre
planning to fork lift in tons of new
equipment, what do you do?


Small businesses everywhere are looking at BYOD and seeing the
traditional vendorGs solutions and gulping at the potentially enormous costs,
with a promise that maybe this will work?- For them, the ROI decision
simply doesnGt stack up at the small scale. Compared to 50 thousand employees
on a campus, big players are working off fundamentally different costs and pay


In reality, Small Businesses have been GǣBYODGǥ before the industry stuck
a label on it. But itGs always been at a compromise G to usability and security.


We see the opportunity to deliver immediate and meaningful ROI for Small
Businesses planning to deploy, or simply experiment with Bring-Your-Own-iPad.
There is NO upfront investment in either network equipment or MDM
infrastructure, but that doesnGt mean youGre skimping usability or security,
is a by the book implementation of AppleGs
best-practice iPad VPN deployment:

------- Deployed Over-The-Air

------- X.509 Certificate Enrolment (via SCEP)

------- VPN On Demand

------- IPSec with mutual PKI-based authentication


Small businesses need to be able to see and start with the real benefits
of BOYD by first enabling secure access to the corporate network. If your iPad
doesnGt add immediate value at this point, then no amount of MDM or new
networking kit that is going to be a good investment. Add the MDM later, not
before and only if itGs worth it. As for networking equipment, we donGt believe
small businesses can justify (to themselves) upgrading expensive kit as an
experiment and weGre betting that they wonGt need to if they use iSimplyConnect


Ralph Shaw, CEO Asavie Technologies

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