Mobility and mobile communications have become top priorities in the federal government and that shift is resulting in pressure to improve data security, Ashok Sankar, senior director of product strategy and management at Raytheon Trusted Computer Solutions, writes in a column for InformationWeek.
Citing government figures, Sankar said the federal workforce will likely have more tech-savvy people in the coming years and that influx could increase bring-your-own-device usage in the workplace.
Agencies have so far been managing mobile devices through encryption and containment but attention must now shift to protecting the data itself, Sankar writes in his commentary.
“Why allow the data to remain so vulnerable by insisting that it reside on the device itself?” he said, adding, “Why not extend virtualization and secure redisplay concepts and technologies to ensure that data – and apps – can be safely accessed without compromising the user experience?”
He also noted the potential large-scale consequences of lost critical information to agency missions versus how a gadget can be replaced.