Secure mobile ... a story and a moral!

Apologies to Pixar for mimicking their generic plot line... Nemo, Toy Story etc.

Once upon a time government and enterprise customers (especially in regulated industries) were able to communicate securely using Microsoft Windows and RIM Blackberry infrastructure, leveraging strong two factor security with smart cards.

Every day, more and more and employees started to work first from home and then their offices using Apple Mac, iPad and iPhone mobile devices.

One day it dawned on IT that strong security as well as official infrastructure were being bypassed. Every passing week brought news of security breaches with implications ranging from loss of face and negative publicity, to loss of faith in institutions, to loss of trade secrets and national security.

Because of that, memos were sent attempting to put the mobile-consumer-cloud genie back in the bottle. That had little effect since these consumer devices had become the platform for workers’ digital lives, along with many new cloud and social media services, especially among VIPs, younger workers, and high-flying innovative teams.

Because of that, alternatives were sought, firstly trying to apply proprietary server-based solutions to Apple mobile devices, or later avoiding smart card security altogether. The former unintentionally replicated the undesirable costs and user experience of Blackberry and the latter meant investing in new infrastructure with considerable time and pain, resulting in less rather than more security.

Until finally it was realized that Thursby’s commercial off-the-shelf PKard apps could deliver plug'n'play secure web and email on a home or work device, working with a range of card readers, whether for one person, a small project, or a whole organization, leveraging standard cards, servers, clouds and processes, working with rather than against users’ digital lives while maintaining strong smart card security.

MORAL : Don’t be caught off-guard, get PKard!