BYOD Security: The Race to a secure tablet.

8 Nov

Timh88  provided a good insight on the security Issues surrounding the use of BYOD initiatives. He mentioned that an organisation needs to agree on a homogeneous device to increase efficiency in security but also on technical support. I came across a white paper from which might be of interest, with the new Microsoft surface tablet integrated in with windows 8 OS being introduced into the enterprise market, it outlines how it meets BYOD challenges as a “homogeneous device” and why it’s more reliable than your alternative pads and slates. With it’s main competitor being the I-Pad the main challenge it faces is too first win over consumers who have already grown attached to current BYOD options.

So will the introduction of the new tablet from Microsoft make a big impact into the mobile enterprise as a homogeneous device for BYOD initiatives?


10 Responses to “BYOD Security: The Race to a secure tablet.”

  1. ismisetusa November 8, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    even tho Microsoft may have the most advanced product do you believe, in your own personal opinion, that more advanced tech can out compete the house hold ‘brand name’ of apple alone?

    • davidoppermann November 8, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

      To answer your question, Microsoft has been a brand name long before Apple was ever introduced into the market. Microsoft OS and Microsoft software has been a worldwide leader in enterprise and still is today since Microsoft stock first went public in 1986. Apple has had it’s ups and downs and only really became a household ‘brand name’ during the 2007-2011 period where it gained worldwide success. Play on the word ‘household’, majority of users buy Apple products only for personal use and rarely do you see people using OS X (Apples OS) used in business. Yes the new I-pad looks sleek and stylish, but with the introduction of the windows slate, I think windows could be more efficient and reliable when it comes to business rather than an I pad or alternative pads which provides less functionality for your business needs.

      • returnofthemc November 8, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

        I personally feel that Microsoft will soon realise that they are too late to have any say in the tablet market. They were happily working away on MS surface for the last eight years, initially they thought they could use the technology for interactive surfaces e.g. at a restaurant you could use your table (surface) to order.

        However in the mean time the world has been engulfed by the brand and marketing explosion of Apple and in this case of its iPad. Nobody thought the tablet would sell well, Jobs thought differently and since its release in 2010 it has sold over 100 million units.

        Today people who want a tablet have already bought an iPad or a cheaper alternative e.g. Kindle, Playbook etc. I feel that yes there is probably some money to be made by Microsoft in corporate tablet sales, some kind of office, slate bundle. However I believe that if somebody wanted a tablet then they would have already bought it.

        On a side note I do agree that the surface tablet may be in many ways better than the iPad 4 however lets take the example of the Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Kinect into account. When the Wii launched it sold like crazy Nintendo could never match demand, three years later Microsoft released their Kinect which was in every way far superior than the Wii. However the market was already full of Wii’s and the initial excitement about the new technology had long since disappeared. Maybe Microsoft need to be looking a finding new technologies instead of perfecting other peoples??

  2. pm1083 November 9, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    Have to disagree with returnofthemc here.

    Microsoft are behind in entering the tablet market but I don’t think this necessarily means that they will not have success within it. A few years ago Apple had a stranglehold on the Smartphone market with their Iphone. However Samsung now have the highest selling smartphone in the US market with their Galaxy 3.

    As Dave pointed out Microsoft is just as big a a brand name as Apple in the technology sector and I see this carrying over to and having a big effect on their tablet sales.

    I don’t see a reason why Microsoft can’t capture a sizeable share of the tablet market from apple in the future.

    “Today people who want a tablet have already bought an iPad or a cheaper alternative e.g. Kindle, Playbook” – returnofthemc.

    In response to the above quote. I don’t think its correct to say that everyone who wants an Ipad has bought one already. It is still a fairly new technology and I think it will take people some time to decide whether its worth buying one or not (let’s not forget that these things aren’t necessarily cheap). I hate to use the smartphone market as a comparison again (I realsie they are different) but if you look at any charts for the sale of Iphones it shows the huge increase in sales by year from its launch in 2007. I’m sure it would have been very easy to say back in 2009 that everyone who wants an Iphone has bought one already.

    • davidoppermann November 9, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

      To build on blogger pm1083’s blog.

      I also say I have to disagree with “returnofthemc”. Taking ‘personal feelings’ aside lets look at the raw stats, if you simply type into google search ‘samsung vs apple tablet sale figues’ it becomes pretty evident that apple tablet sales are slowing down compared to the rest of the tablet market (samsung,andriod) which brings me back returnoftheemc’s point made that people who want a tablet will have already bought and iPad, yes the iPad is the world leader in the tab market today with regards with most units sold, but its dominance in the market has been challenged by the introduction of competing tablets:

      It is becoming apparent that while the iPad has become the world leader, is it just becoming “too common” and does the end user want an alternative tab that is separate to the mass produced apple products? Taking a look at the recent Introduction of the iPhone 5s into the mass market:

      “Apple sold five million iPhone 5s during its opening weekend in September — a massive figure, but it was actually well short of analyst expectations. (Samsung’s Galaxy S3, by comparison, clocked up nine million preorders — by far the fastest-selling smartphone of all time). After four or five months of solid growth, Apple (AAPL) stock has been trending downwards for the last six weeks. Since the launch of the iPhone 5, Apple has dropped from a market capitalization of $700 billion to $580 billion today.”

  3. ronanisbp November 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    Personally I don’t think Microsoft will reach anywhere near the sales Apple has with it’s iPad but in order to “keep up appearances” they needed to introduce a similar device. As eluded to by returnoftheme Microsoft may need to look at creating their own innovations rather than perfecting other organisation’s ideas.

  4. ismisetusa November 9, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    Reading through the other blogs I am torn between opinions. Personally I am likely to agree with returnofthemc, and disagree with pm1083.

    As an individual customer (ignoring for a moment the business aspect) I believe that Microsoft are indeed too late. I personally would have little knowledge of tablets and would do extensive research on purchasing one. yet it is this reason that I believe that ye may be underestimating the absolute power of the apple brand. Without personally owning many apple products I am still more than aware of their products, customer services, deals and the overall global scale of this company.

    As mentioned by pm1083 the tablets are far from cheap. In that case why would I not follow the lead of so many millions of customers and invest in what I know from the brand name alone is a tried and tested product.

    Dave, your quote ‘ majority of users buy Apple products only for personal use and rarely do you see people using OS X (Apples OS) used in business.’ was excellent as I personally failed to consider businesses and their impact on the success of Microsoft products.

    davidoppermann may be right, Microsoft may have a future in the market but perhaps they may need to cut their losses on introducing the tablet into households and focus on monopolising companies and firms with their products – as Microsoft already has the creditability within the computing and business niches.

    • davidoppermann November 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

      Lets not drift away from the original blog. I think we’ll agree that the iPad is the most widely sold and used tab on the market today as a whole, but using an iPad in a business environment just doesn’t seem to be a practical solution due to majority of company’s who have not adapted to apples operating system (iOS). The use of android tabs (Samsung tab) could be a potential tab for business use but using an android open source operating system within a company may cause security problems within an organisations network.Hence why a Microsoft tab may provide this solution as a bring-your-own-devices (BYOD) by where employees use tabs and smartphones as opposed to outdated PCs and desktops. MS surface could bring functionality that the iPad lacks but also offers security and reliability that the android tabs (Samsung) cannot promise to companies.

  5. steepletoes November 23, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

    A quote here from Gartner Inc., suggests that over the next 5 years “40 percent of enterprise contact information will have leaked into Facebook via employees’ increased use of mobile device collaboration applications”. The technologies that permit the transfer of information between legitimate enterprise-controlled applications and consumer applications are difficult to track. (

    Thus, regardless of how ‘secure’ the tablet may be some form of information leakage looks likely to occur in the near future. Will organisations be so quick to adopt this BYOD trend if the image and reputation of the enterprise is put under increased risk?

  6. apjr9 December 5, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    Reblogged this on apjrblog.

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