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BlackBerry zappers emerge as new tool in enterprise data and network security, new report finds

The increased use of mobile devices such as BlackBerrys and other so-called smartphones by top executives is creati...


June 23, 2006  


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The increased use of mobile devices such as BlackBerrys and other so-called smartphones by top executives is creating a potentially huge data and network security problem for enterprises — one that is being addressed by a new class of products and services aimed at managing high-end handsets, according to the latest report published by Unstrung Enterprise Insider.

Handset Management: Who’s Minding Your BlackBerry? evaluates the potential costs and benefits of deploying handset-management systems or hosted services to track, upgrade, monitor, and protect high-end mobile handsets — even by activating a software “kill pill” to disable smartphones that are reported lost or stolen by users.

The report examines the key management and logistical issues raised by increased use of high-end mobile devices, and it profiles and compares handset-management software and hosted services now available from nine suppliers, including software vendors, hardware suppliers, and wireless network operators.

“Handset-management tools frequently include the ability to lock and/or erase a device that’s been lost or stolen,” notes Tim Kridel, researchanalyst for Unstrung Enterprise Insider and author of the report.

“This ‘kill-pill’ feature is a powerful way to reduce risks, such as having confidential information and contacts falling into the wrong hands.”