Although we are just barely into Q2 2011, there are close to 40 different tablet PC systems available or ready to jump into the tablet market. Some of the more exciting products scheduled to debut include the HP TouchPad, slated for June; a 10-inch Dell Android device (June); and the Windows 7 slates from Fujitsu, Lenovo and others.
A lot of these tablets will be purchased by business users who will tuck these highly mobile devices under their arms and take them into their business or enterprise location to add to their arsenal of mobile tools. The problem is these slick and much sought after mobile devices can present a management and security headache for companies since most are not equipped with even basic virus protection or malware programs that act as a first line of defense for corporate firewalls.
Tablet PC use in a corporate setting may also provide convenient back doors for hackers and unauthorized users to access company networks, or insert malicious code.
Companies looking to safeguard against deliberate or inadvertent tablet abuse should first develop and enforce a set of best practice rules for these devices. The next step is to check your security measures to make sure there is adequate protection against any and all mobile devices threats. It also wouldn’t hurt to educate users about encryption techniques and the potential problem areas associated with tablets and tablet applications – especially those that involve broadcasting a user’s location.
To learn more about the potential security risks of tablet PCs and the protective measures most businesses can easily implement, please read Mobile security for tablet devices: Recognizing risk on our sister site, SearchMobileComputing.com.