Firewalled: No Policies? No Results

    Date04 Aug 2006
    Posted ByBrittany Day
    In America's old West of the late 1800s, there were no laws. Folks did what they could with a gun and a rope, but in a territory so large, with so few sheriffs, there just was no good way to enforce them. It was a great place to spin a yarn, but I wouldn't want to live there. Because without laws and policies, things would be, well, a lot like today's wireless and portable storage environments. Yesterday, we published the results of our reader survey on mobile and portable security, and the results were both surprising and exasperating. (See No Wires & No Policies.) One of the key findings is that nearly half of enterprises still don't have a security policy for using portable storage devices. About one third of readers don't have a clearly-stated policy for the use of mobile and wireless devices.

    To be fair, there are some pretty good rationalizations for not developing such policies. Many readers told us that their upper management still does not recognize the threat posed by these devices, and thus they have no budget for policy development. Others pointed out that such policies are difficult to enforce because of the lack of good tools for monitoring end user behavior and/or blocking unauthorized activities.

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