I read a very interesting Wall Street Journal Article while drinking my morning coffee today. Ben Worthen asks a seemingly simple question in the article “Who is responsible for device security?” His question relates also to Laptops, PDA’s, and USB sticks but here at BerryReview we are only interested in the BlackBerry angle. He has an interesting statistic that he brings up:
Most companies have these policies, but relatively few actually enforce them, the survey found. And IT doesnâ€™t seem to want that job: Only 35% of the IT pros surveyed thought that their departments should be responsible for the security on these devices in the first place. The rest of the answers ranged from individual business units to users to the companies that make the portable devices.
This makes me wonder how security for BlackBerry devices is handled in companies. Most companies that I have worked with have very stringent portable device policies which are handled by IT and almost always recieved some BES policy lockdown. Maybe Ben should have mentioned the security that BlackBerry devices offer compared to other PDA vendors. Read the full article on the WSJ online at this link.