Here are some basic steps anyone can take -- including enterprise workers -- to improve security on their personal Android BYOD devices.
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BYOD means that personal cellphone use and business cellphone use are one and the same.
How does an enterprise in which security can be a matter of life and death implement Android? This way.
Android has a commanding share of the consumer smartphone market, but continues to lag behind Apple's iOS in the enterprise. If BYOD is to flourish, Android must become more accepted in the enterprise -- and it will.
By changing how it upgrades apps and features, Google appears to have found a way to reduce Android fragmentation caused by manufacturers creating their own flavors of the open source mobile OS. But these changes won't do enough to allay enterprise security concerns.
A study by Cisco Systems' Internet Business Solutions Group concludes that the value companies currently derive from BYOD is "dwarfed by the gains that would be possible if they were to implement BYOD more strategically."
New threats reported by F-Secure underscore Android's vulnerability and may make it even harder for enterprise professionals to embrace Google's mobile OS.