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Security managers split on BYOD, skeptical of Android devices

Joan Goodchild | March 14, 2012
CSOs, CISOs and other security managers are not embracing the bring-your-own-device movement set into motion by demanding employees, but they aren't refusing to allow user-owned smartphones and tablets into the work place either.

A "chaotic" application marketplace -- Device owners download "apps" onto their smart phones from an application marketplace that is largely uncontrolled and a potential source of malware.

"The application marketplace is a big sticking point for Android," another member noted. "I don't pretend to be a complete expert on how the Android platform or marketplaces work, but the consensus amongst my team was basically that it's too chaotic, too out of control, and there were too many instances of uncontrolled malware on that platform, and it got worse as time went on. Gartner produced a report that pretty much said Android is nowhere near prime time for the enterprise, and they highly recommended against it at this point. That article, in combination with all the news we were hearing about security issues in the Android Marketplace, sealed the deal on delaying Android support."


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