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New Year – New Mobile Data Security

2015 saw quite a few interesting changes in technology. Apple released it’s highly anticipated AppleWatch, a new version of Bluetooth was released, family “robots” are ready for pre-order and sleep monitoring devices are becoming more advanced. While these technologies are amazing, there are challenges with some of the newest high-tech out today with the biggest being security. New hackers have emerged on the scene this year, creating bigger, nastier viruses and scams. Here are six very important changes that are coming this way in 2016 in the realm of mobile data security so you won’t be caught off guard.

The Widening Rift Between the Old and the New

With all technological advancements, the old technology still exists. Some people are much more apt to remain with older versions of technology to fit their comfort levels. After all, we all know that change is hard and learning new technology all over again is tedious. This is especially true when users feel as though they just mastered the older technology. 2015 saw the major emergence of mobile technology. More and more people are bringing their devices to work, preferring to work off laptops, tablets, and phones to sitting at a desk staring at a desktop monitor. With increasing mobility, businesses will start to see an uptick in data security, agility, and cost savings that BYOD provides. However, this presents a real threat to traditional IT providers specializing in desktop operations and will result in a technology, budget, and organizational rift. If you’re working with a traditional desktop IT provider, they may not have your mobile data security interest at heart.

Ambiguous End-User Identity

Think about all the industries you encounter on a day to day basis. You could probably think of a certain leader in a particular industry rather quickly. For smartphones, it’s Apple or Android (depending on who you ask). For tablets, it may be Kindle and so on and so forth. These brand-names are what are known as the company’s identity and help build foundations in which upon services are delivered to the consumers. Those who tout the most authoritative source in the industry are known as industry leaders and have a higher stake in the marketplace. For instance, Apple. When you think of many electronics, namely computers and phones, Apple instantly pops into mind. With more brands coming out with competitive products, you will start seeing a bit of push back from the leaders already in the industry not wanting to jump on board.  With more mobility devices being used for work, don’t be surprised if the industry leader you’ve always turned to lacks at first in data security.

The Hacker and Your OS

Ah, it’s the person that everyone involved with technology loves to hate: The hacker. 2015 was a banner year for hackers. Free apps are becoming more readily available. Mobile malware such as Stagefright, Key Raider, XcodeGhost, and YiSpector are wreaking havoc on mobile devices all across the nation. As 2016 comes closer, hackers are ramping up their efforts to create stronger, nastier viruses and malware. This is doubly bad seeing as how mobile devices that primarily use apps such as tablets and phones are becoming commonplace in the office. Don’t be surprised to see more and more “trusted apps” trying to worm their way into your mobile network.

The Ever Expanding Internet of Things

What is the Internet of Things? Perhaps you’ve heard of it before but weren’t really sure what it was. In essence, the Internet of Things IS mobility. As people’s needs grow, technology will have to evolve to meet them. The Internet of Things, at this point, is still fairly experimental. We don’t have many everyday items that are able to send and receive data through network connectivity. However, with the release of the AppleWatch in 2015, this is starting to change. By the end of 2016, more items will be added to the Internet of Things, drastically increasing the need for tougher data security.

Debate of Data Sovereignty

Cloud computing is a wonderful thing for the majority of its users. However, some institutions may have doubts on how great the world of cloud computing may really be. The ongoing debate of data sovereignty is only going to intensify in 2016. Regulatory bodies may start putting stricter codes and enforcements in place around data security and how files are transmitted, impacting how cloud vendors ultimately scale and innovate for their clients.

Remaining Neutral

Due to rapid technology changes, evolving consumer demands, and app fragmentation, vendors must remember to remain neutral in their services. A provider that stifles themselves with not enough solution choice or mediocre solutions may be extinct in the near future. When choosing a vendor to work with your data security – or any technology needs – it’s important to look at the vendors who offer the most choice and best of breed solutions to ensure you’re getting the best value and service possible.

Let Troinet be that vendor.