Posted on April 21, 2011 | Leave a comment | Share this article

Secure Mobility – The Way It Should Be

Security is always a concern for businesses large and small. When it comes to the mobile workforce, it's an especially pressing issue. The loss or misuse of mobile devices resulting in exposure of sensitive internal data can have a devastating effect on a company's image and competitive advantage.


Security breaches also damage the trust you have established with your customers when their confidential information is at risk. For example, in 2008 HM Revenue and Customs in the UK lost the personal data of 25 million people, opening the door to identity theft and fraud and resulting in 94 instances of data misuse in the six months after the breach.


And everyone has heard about Epsilon, the world's largest email service provider. Epsilon's recent data breach possibly exposed the emails of 250 million customers of more than 50 major companies to the threat of targeted phishing attacks.


The security of mobile devices and data is increasingly becoming a mandatory requirement from government and other regulatory bodies. This is especially applicable to certain industry sectors where regulators are imposing new frameworks to ensure effective reporting, accounting and security regimes within public and private organisations. One example is the US Government's 2002 introduction of the Sarbanes‐Oxley Act in an attempt to stem the tide of major corporate and financial scandals.


To be loud and clear; security is a must. But in today's world, enterprises are facing distinct challenges of utilizing multiple, often unreliable networks. Users accustomed to reliable mobile broadband at home will no longer accept a low quality of service just because they are working wirelessly. They expect technology to work for them as it does when they are sitting at a desk - a LAN-like experience. Organizations therefore need to ensure that what they deploy for wireless and mobile working is fit for purpose and does not make life more challenging for their users.


And that's why a new category of VPNs has emerged: The Mobile VPNs. Mobile VPNs go further than simply providing a secure connection for mobile systems. Mobile VPNs allow users to connect securely to an organisation's internal network over both fixed and wireless networks, as well as move between them without breaking the secure VPN tunnel. Mobile VPNs hand off a connection without the user being aware of it and without the service being interrupted. Allowing applications to cope with changing networks and gaps in wireless coverage so users enjoy a genuinely LAN-like experience is the best way to ensure the most positive, productive experience possible -  the way it should be.


The Helsinki City Rescue Department in Finland has brought confidence to the performance of day-to-day emergency operations with the highest information security requirements provided by Birdstep's SafeMove Mobile VPN solution. With SafeMove securing and automating data connectivity from emergency vehicles to the central network, real-time information is always easily available with zero downtime - whether the unit is at its base, on the move or at the rescue destination.


Read more about SafeMove and Helsinki Fire and Rescue and don't forget to follow us on Twitter at @birdsteptech.

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