Security for Your BYOD Environment in 3 Simple Steps [Cisco]

BYOD is happening (like it or not): 3 basic steps you need to take

This post is for IT folks who would like to understand the minimum steps required to secure their network in an age where so many devices are attempting to connect to your network. An earlier post looked at developing policies for a formal BYOD program – this post is more about securing your environment (with or without a formal BYOD program). It covers employee’s personally owned devices that they bring to work with them, as well as visitors who are looking for a connection to the internet through your network.

It is possible to manage risk in your current BYOD situation today. Here are some tips and technology tools that take care of your existing BYOD needs now, even if your important BYOD policy plans aren’t quite polished yet. [Read more…]

Blackberry 10: Unboxing, First Impressions & Technical Review (Video)

BlackBerry Unboxing

The new BlackBerry 10 has arrived!

Because Softchoice is part of the BlackBerry Technical Preview Program, we had exclusive access to the technology (handset and server software) before its official release, and I was able to spend a couple of weeks using the device. During that time, I had a chance to form some pretty strong impressions about the new smartphone.

Read on for my thoughts, as well as a bit of a technical deep-dive into the latest offering from Research In Motion. Watch my exclusive unboxing and hands-on review, and then read on for a bit of a deep dive into technical details that business users in particular will care about.

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5 Reasons Why Businesses Need To Look Seriously At BES 10

BES 10

Considering BlackBerry out of the game is like saying you won’t drink water out of your tap now knowing that Coke exists. If you are interested in securely managing data on your smartphones and tablets you should at least look at Blackberry Enterprise Service 10 (BES 10) and BlackBerry 10 (BB 10). While the competition is definitely popular, there is no question that the original is still best for business.

No question Android and Apple devices have come out with new sexy hardware, operating systems, apps and ecosystems of services. BlackBerry has had basically the same hardware, OS, and apps (actually even less apps than before) for several years now. One thing that has remained constant is that businesses love the management infrastructure and reliable security of BlackBerry.

We’ve  taken approximately 1,000 client calls in the past year asking how to manage Android and Apple devices in the same way you manage BlackBerrys. While there are definitely some slick solutions and products out there, none of them really measure up quite the same way.

What’s worse is that while all of these businesses are looking at MDM, they have been doing a lot more looking than buying. And every time RIM makes an announcement about the new BES 10 or (BB 10) devices, the calls slow down in anticipation of launch. Most of said launches either fell short or never happened at all.

I’ve had the pleasure of getting out to the RIM campus in Waterloo, Ontario over the last few weeks for a couple of deep dives into both BB 10 and BES 10. Here are the 5 reasons I think they’re both game changers. [Read more…]