Thursday, July 5, 2012

Mobile devices will turn IT security 'stateless', says Forrester analysis - ComputerworldUK

The IT security model that has admins tending mobile devices such as laptops and smartphones using fixed security firewall and gateway infrastructure is obsolete and should be replaced by a new 'stateless' approach, a Forrester report has suggested.

According to Prepare For Anywhere, Anytime, Any-Device Engagement With A Stateless Mobile Architecture, the stateful model made sense when computers sat in defined locations and could be managed using conventional network infrastructure, but mobility has changed the game.

This 'stateful' approach is management-heavy, expensive and inconvenient, propped up by quick fixes such as inefficient mobile VPNs, the report said. Worse, a growing band of devices – the BYOD dimension - were sneaking past management altogether, creating holes in the security posture of organisations.


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