Resistance is futile: Apple’s iPad 2 will accelerate consumerisation of IT in the enterprise


As expected, our friends at Apple unveiled the iPad 2 this week … and with it, tablets are starting to look like really serious computing devices. (Check out Engadget’s coverage of the launch for some examples and the basic facts on this new device.)

Expect Apple’s latest volley in the tablet computing wars to once again accellerate the “consumerization of IT” in your enterprise. (For examples of enterprise iPad adoption and a little discussion of the potential risks, see USA Today’s “More companies put iPads to Work“, where our own Gary Steele is quoted.)

As we’re seeing with social media tools, tablets and other mobile computing devices represent technologies that enterprise IT departments need to come to grips with, using a combination of policy and technology.

So, I wanted to use this event as a reminder that, if you haven’t revisited your organization’s remote access/mobile devices and storage policy lately, perhaps its time to do so. (2010 research on this topic shows that nearly 10% of large organizations haven’t formalized such policies.)

Of course, devices like the iPad 2 can be extremely useful for enterprise IT and security professionals with more and more vendors providing mobile apps that help with administration, monitoring and other features of enterprise software products.

And not to get all Steve Jobs on you, but watch this space for more mobile-related news in near future… Me, I gotta get over to the Apple store and order a new iPad…

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Keith Crosley directs corporate communications for Proofpoint. Keith’s job entails the promotion of Proofpoint e-mail security solutions to press, analysts and the enterprise e-mail security market at large. His blog covers a wide variety of e-mail security topics including anti-spam, phishing, identity theft, data breaches and the policy, culture and technology issues that surround e-mail. Previous positions have included director, corporate communications at Elance, senior director, worldwide public relations at BroadVision and director of marketing at As a key spokesperson for Proofpoint and e-mail security evangelist/researcher, he takes part in television and radio appearances. Avocationally and semi-professionally, he is a filmmaker, musician and all-round multimedia enthusiast.