Securing Enterprise Mobility A Major Focus At VMWorld

Contributor: Jason Koestenblatt
Posted: 07/27/2017
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One of the industry’s largest events is readying to converge on Las Vegas, Nevada, as VMWorld brings together the who’s who in enterprise technology to showcase what’s happening in 2017, and what’s to come next year.

Set over the course of four days, from August 27 to 31, information sessions and keynote speeches will dot the event with invaluable content and resources. When looking at the world of mobility, however, it seems VMWorld’s focus will be on security and data privacy.

Much of that conversation is being driven by new mandates and compliance, both in the United States as well as around the global. One session, titled “Data Privacy, the GDPR, and the Globalization of Compliance” is set to dive deep on the obstacles in creating a secure IT environment and cloud when managing the regulations of GDPR, HIPAA, and other compliance issues.

While GDPR has yet to be implemented, and is a European Union (EU) specific mandate, it impacts every single company that has any reach into that part of the globe. As previously reported by Enterprise Mobility Exchange, GDPR was created to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, and protect and empower all EU citizens’ data privacy and to reshape the way organizations across the region approach data privacy.

Regardless of a company’s location, GDPR applies to any organization outside the EU if they offer goods or services to or monitor the behavior of EU data subjects.

From a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) standpoint, another session at VMWorld will take a look at why the platform may be slow to adoption in the enterprise – despite its nearly decade-long existence – and how security is a main driver of concern. The session, titled “End-User Privacy: The Foundation of a Successful BYOD Campaign,” will add in how GDPR will also make an impact on enterprise mobility from a BYOD standpoint.

While employers are giving the go-ahead on BYOD formats, they don’t have the proper policies – or securities – in place to stave off a serious breach or threat. One recent survey showed 51-percent of respondents said they never received instructions for using a personal device at work, and only 39-percent of those responding said their companies have a formal BYOD policy.

More content relating to strategy over solution will help raise questions for enterprises seeking to move forward in the security space. One sponsored session midweek, titled “11 Essential Questions to Guide Your Enterprise Mobile Security Evaluation,” hosted by Skycure, will ask if the organization’s IT department is going beyond the inherent security framework provided by iOS and Android, or simply trusting what’s already there, and how do decision makers find the solution that best fits their existing mobile infrastructure.

As mobility grows, so does VMWorld’s focus on its security, along with how compliance and regulations will continue to have an impact how organizations shape future strategies.

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Jason Koestenblatt
Contributor: Jason Koestenblatt