The Canadian startup scene is the jewel in the crown of Canada's resilient economy
Often headed up by a courageous visionary, their crew consists of a small skeletal staff of inspired individuals, who, whether they like it or not, are forced to wear many different hats -- including the boss.
As businesses and most of society increasingly migrate towards mobile devices and cloud computing – the challenge for the small to medium business (SMB) owner is to play the role of educator around the digital dangers that are associated with using mobile devices, such as laptops and smartphones at the workplace. According eMarketer, there will be 10.5 million smartphone users in Canada, and this number is predicted to expand to 16.4 million by 2016.
Whereas large companies like Yahoo can send out an inter-office memo
requesting the mobile preference of staff, and, will happily foot the bill to furnish their mobile desires. It may not be economically feasible for a SMB. So, in order to play in and benefit from the emerging mobility game, SMBs encourage employees to bring their own devices (BYOD) to work. For a developer bringing in his or her own keyboard
to work it may be considered as a low-risk to a company's security. Conversely, mixed use, personal and professional use of a personal smartphone, tablet or a computer could invite digital dangers. According to a State of Mobility Survey, the average losses associated with mobility during 2011 were $126,000.
Under a BYOD environment, personal devices can contain and provide access to vast amounts of company data; it can be lost or stolen; the data can be compromised; and it's possible the device being used could be a carrier of crippling malware. As such, it's strongly advisable not to permit the use of jail-broken devices.
So, how does a time-strapped and resource-poor SMB owner balance the need for technological efficiencies while protecting company security? One solution is to enlist the help of companies like Symantec, who can act as a great resource of information and data security for SMBs.
We spoke to Andy Singer, director of product marketing at Symantec
, a company that provides products and services to help individuals and businesses protect the integrity of their information, about the best practices in workplace mobile security.