Securing Enterprise Data in a World without Firewalls

Ojas Rege
VP Strategy-MobileIron
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Ojas Rege
Earlier this year, MobileIron CTO Suresh Batchu shared his opinion with Silicon India that Business Boundaries are Dead. I'm going to look at this idea specifically in terms of enterprise content in our era of mobile and cloud technologies.

Your Data could be Anywhere
Enterprises used to know exactly where their data was. In the legacy Windows era, we had the system image and securing corporate data was as simple as building a strong firewall. Companies knew exactly where data was, who was accessing it, and from what device. Now they don't.

A company's digital boundary is now, well, boundary less. Workers store presentations in Dropbox and customer information in Salesforce, right alongside personal texts from their kids and their favorite mobile game du jour. The personal cloud has become the center of our digital lives. Think about your day-the photos you share, the maps that guide you, the videos you watch, the instant messages you send-they all go through a cloud service. And mobile is, more and more, the core consumption model for the cloud. Your mobile apps are your doorway to and from the cloud. The growing popularity of cloud services makes security more complex than ever. In this new, consumer driven world, it is difficult for IT to track who is accessing which files, when, and from what device. As a result, one of the biggest security threats to enterprise data is employees uploading work documents to their personal cloud storage accounts. Employees want to use Dropbox. The company says 'no'. Employees do it anyway because it makes them productive. If the company restricts their favorite app, employees find another. Ask a CIO what keeps them up at night and they will say corporate information going into employees' personal cloud storage accounts.

Going beyond Enterprise Datacenters
The reality is that enterprise information now lives everywhere, whether we like it or not. The datacenter is no longer central. Information lives in:

Share on Twitter
Share on LinkedIn
Share on facebook