Mobile internet devices and Information systems

1 Nov

Mobile devices have become an extremely important part of peoples lives in recent years in respect to Internet access and information systems. Devices such as smart phones and tablet PCs allow instant manipulation of data stored in corporate information systems. As timh88 eluded to in an earlier post, the amount of Internet-enabled devices is on the rise with expectations of them reaching over a billion in the next year.

Such an increase in the amount of these devices surely creates an issue for corporations regarding the security of their information systems (IS) along with it’s functionality. A paper written by Igor Bernik, PHD, head of the information security department at the University of Maribor in Slovenia, illustrates the need for information system users to adhere to a set of guidelines and best practices to keep such systems and the data they contain safe and secure.

According to Bernik’s paper, mobile devices are being used more and more to access information systems and the user’s of the IS are only concerned with remote access and not with the security issues. The paper outlined some guidelines for improving security regarding the IS.

Below, I have outlined some of the guidelines i felt are most important :

  • Through defining their own security, an organisation can achieve better information security.
  • The safety regulations employed by an organisation can be a preventive measure rather than a reactive one, thus reducing the risk of irresponsible data usage.
  • Safety regulations define the legal responsibility of the user and the organisation.

Mobile devices provide a way of accessing data uninterrupted which is one reason why they have become so popular over the last number of years. Such is the fast pace of the world we live in, ways of fast, uninterrupted and reliable access have become ever more popular, creating an issue of security regarding IS and it’s data.

I would be very interested to hear other’s views on security of IS and data in the current era as it is a area of personal interest.

Below is the link to Bernik’s paper :

http://www.fvv.uni-mb.si/rV/arhiv/2011-4/04_Bernik_Markelj.pdf

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