Mobile device policy enforcement

It is now possible to implement policies within Windows Mobile 6.1 and Exchange 2007 SP1 to enable or prevent services on mobile devices. This is a good step forward and should enable the use of Windows Mobile devices to be considered as enterprise end points in environments where strong controls are required.

The capacity to disable Cameras and Bluetooth features is a welcome addition. Both of these features are much loved by many businesses and individual users and provide some real benefit to them. There are however a number of environments where the choice of handset has been limited due to many ‘business handsets’ and Windows devices providing too many features and creating and compliance issues for the organisational IA or InfoSec policies. Design secrets or secure installations do not enjoy the benefits of a 3 megapixel camera available to mobile phone users. The ‘benefit’ to business of the always on Bluetooth culture can now be managed in a way that should enable an enterprise to reduce the risk of employees having their devices remotely accessed as they move around, restaurants, coffee shops and bars.

Now if only you could enable a policy to ensure that people stopped leaving the mobile devices in cabs, restaurants, bars….

 

 

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~ by Simon Hancock on April 13, 2008.

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