Access to data is no longer limited to the fixed computer workstation. Laptops, Smartphones, and tablets give us access to files, pictures, and music from anywhere in the world. This is especially attractive in the work place environment where mobility allows employees to check emails, access applications on the cloud, or review office documents. Unfortunately, the idea of “bring your own device” (or BYOD) to work is creating privacy and security issues prompting questions of how much access should anyone have to a company’s network or cloud.
News of internal data leaks of office documents are all over the Internet raising concerns about how to prevent confidential data from falling into hackers or competitor’s hands. There have been attempts to address this growing mobile device risk in the world of IT but separating the company’s and employee’s device has proven to be costly and very difficult to implement. Some companies buy mobile devices for employees yet they continue to lose the ability to cut costs, even when buying in bulk. The company ends up paying for calls and data plans as employees claim these costs as work expenses. In addition, implementing new network security measures to cope with the increase of new devices on the network is very costly. The company’s IT department must spend more money and other resources on mobile data protection, network access control, and device management.
One solution is to implement a Virtual Mobile Infrastructure (VMI) where a user can access virtual mobile operating systems that are running on the company’s server without putting the company data at risk. Employees and users have access to two operating systems on their mobile device; one dedicated to the company server and the other for personal Internet access. An example of how an employee or IT administrator can use this concept is to run one or more virtual machines with Android application in data centers and deliver the application data to any location