How to lock down your data with data loss prevention systems

Data Loss PreventionMost of the highly publicized data breaches involve credit card or bank account numbers, but other sensitive data is also at risk, including Social Security numbers, medical records, personal information like your mother’s maiden name, and more. Sensitive data can also be trade secrets or any other type of intellectual property that, if stolen, could damage a company’s ability to compete in the marketplace.

Enterprise companies are responding to this threat by choosing specialized data loss prevention (DLP) solutions that use policy rules to detect, classify, manage, and protect confidential and critical information. Complete DLP solutions integrate deeply into an organization’s network, file storage, SharePoint, databases, and endpoint PCs, and they offer incredibly detailed reporting and tight security controls, but only when implemented and configured correctly.

Interestingly enough, the biggest challenges to most DLP deployments involve integrating business processes, not technology. To understand the underlying problems organizations often face with DLP implementations, we must examine the three questions every DLP solution must answer. Continue Reading…

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Apple tips its hat to the enterprise with new VPP Credit

Shopping-Cart-With-Apps-InsideApple recently introduced mobile device management (MDM) for iOS as part of a new focus on enterprise markets. This is great news for both the companies that steered clear of iPhones and iPads until now and those that dove into iOS despite the enterprise limitations. One aspect of the move is especially welcome: Apple expanded its Volume Purchase Program (VPP) to create VPP Credit. Under the program, businesses can now purchase large volumes of apps in bulk through purchase orders (POs).

While iPads have been a mainstay of the workplace for years, companies struggled to manage work-related applications housed on each individual device. Initially, app purchases were conducted per user and individually charged back to the enterprise. Not only was this tedious, but the moment employees left an organization, they took all of the pre-installed, company-purchased apps with them. Organizations could lose out on hundreds of dollars per device. Continue Reading…

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Why enterprise iOS adoption surged before Apple’s mobile device management tools

iPad at workApple recently introduced a mobile device management enrollment solution for iOS that would make it easier for enterprise and education customers to roll out mass numbers of fully configured iPads or iPhones to employees without ever touching the device. For many in enterprise IT, this makes iOS a lot more appealing.

But that’s not to say the enterprise has ignored iPads and iPhones until now. In fact, Apple has made significant headway into the enterprise market over the last five years, with sales surging more than 1,000 percent at SHI. Not to mention that iOS activations made up 73 percent of total device activations in the fourth quarter of 2013 among enterprises.

Even before a solution existed for a smooth enterprise deployment, many pioneering organizations sought out iOS anyway, a testament to the strengths of Apple’s products. But still, having every user install the necessary apps and configure settings would have been a major drain on time and resources. Continue Reading…

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2013: The year of enterprise IT

Remember when Wall Street was bullish over the future of IT? When the Nasdaq soared 40 percent over 12 months, outpacing both the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average? When the share prices of giants like Microsoft and HP grew by as much as 40 percent (or more), and new players entered the stage, encouraging widespread adoption of technology and providing choice that was not available just a few years prior?

Of course you remember. It was 2013.

Which made me wonder: Why are there so many stories, ranging from the political to the cynical to the usefully comical, about 2013 being a lost year for IT?

It’s possible 2013 was the year IT realized what carmakers, pharmaceutical companies, and utilities providers have known for a long time: The more reliable and dependable your products become, the harder it is to wow the consumer audience.

Thirty years after Steve Jobs received a standing ovation for letting the Macintosh speak for itself, consumers are more interested and engaged than ever. But they seem to be watching IT with folded arms. Until George Jetson folds a flying car into a suitcase, we may never get back to that singular wow moment.

But a not-so-well-kept secret among the corporate, academic, and government IT professionals SHI supports worldwide is that 2013 was a great year for enterprise IT. According to Dow Jones, four of the 10 most talked about public companies in 2013 were in IT–Google, Apple, Microsoft, and IBM.  Continue Reading…

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