IAITAM Warns U.S. Corporations, Gov’t Agencies: Don’t Be The Next San Bernardino County, Get Your
IAITAM Warns U.S. Corporations, Gov't Agencies: Don't Be The Next San Bernardino County, Get Your Employee Mobile Devices Under Control Now
Expert Believes "A Quarter to a Third" of U.S. Corporations, Cities, Counties, State & Federal Agencies Have Same "Sloppy and Dangerous" Approach to Mobile Device Management (MDM) As County Employer of Suspected Terrorist.
Apple and the Justice Department are currently arguing over the legality of unlocking the work-issued iPhone of the San Bernardino County employee and gunman, who is accused of being a terrorist. At the center of the legal battle is whether Apple can be ordered to provide a specialized software to allow the FBI backdoor access to the gunman's phone.
San Bernardino County paid for the MDM software for its employee, but it was never installed. If a best-practice MDM policy had been implemented – one requiring uniform installation and application of the MDM software -- investigators could have remotely and legally unlocked the phone and thereby circumvented the legal dispute now underway.
The software cost San Bernardino County just $4 per device on which it was to be used. In an inconsistent approach to Information Technology Asset Management, San Bernardino County lacked an across-the-board policy requiring all departments to use the MDM software. Instead, departments were allowed to make their own decisions.
ABOUT IAITAM The International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers, Inc. (IAITAM) is the professional association for individuals and organizations involved in any aspect of IT Asset Management, Software Asset Management (SAM), Hardware Asset Management, Mobile Asset Management, IT Asset Disposition and the lifecycle processes supporting IT Asset Management in organizations of every size and industry across the globe. IAITAM certifications are the only IT Asset Management certifications that are recognized worldwide. For more information, visit www.iaitam.org, or the IAITAM mobile app on Google Play or the iTunes App Store.
SOURCE The International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers, Inc. (IAITAM), Canton, OH.