CIOs must learn to navigate Google’s complex OS in today’s world of employee-owned devices. These days, employees walk around with sensitive data and company trade secrets in their pockets – literally. They tweet, update their Facebook status, check in to popular hangouts and download apps and games with the same device they use to tap into the company network. What would happen if an employee unknowingly downloaded malicious software disguised as Angry Birds from the Android Market or a third party public appstore? Such a breach could spell doom, especially for enterprises where CIOs are tasked with managing tens of thousands of apps on thousands of devices. To avoid this, employees could be burdened with the inconvenience of carrying separate devices, or IT pros will need to implement data segregation that rivals the separation of church and state – in a single device. This session will examine the benefits and challenges that come with keeping the company’s data safe and employees’ happy using their Android devices at work.
Ken Singer is the CEO and co-founder of AppCentral, a provider of mobile application management solutions for enterprises. Singer has worked extensively in the mobile industry in various executive, product management and sales roles. Prior to AppCentral, he worked at MobiTV and IPSH/Omnicom. He is a mobile industry consultant having advised companies like Anheuser-Busch and several global ad agencies on how to connect to mobile consumers. Singer is also an instructor for the Mobile Applications course in the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He is on the board of the Berkeley Mobile International Collaborative, whose charter is to challenge the students of the world’s top universities to create the next big mobile idea.
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