Best practices: handheld security

Wednesday, 10 September 2003, 1:12 PM EST

Handheld computers are an evolving security threat. Where once the devices were widely ignored or blocked by IT and security managers, now more organizations have embraced them. Experts warn that organizations still largely ignore PDA security, and at their peril. At risk is not just the cost of a handheld computer, but also data—without additional security, information on most PDAs can be easily accessed by anyone. Square that with what one study says are the 250,000 PDAs that go missing or get stolen every year just at airports, and the reality looks a little bleak.

Of course PDA security adds to the price tag, but PDA use already comes with a hefty price. Research firm Gartner pegs the total cost of ownership (TCO) of handheld devices at $3,000 per year for organizations in the United States. Why not spend a little more to at least secure the devices? Such software is available from such companies as Trust Digital, Asynchrony Solutions (PDA Defense), Credant Technologies, and F-Secure.

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