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Handheld Computing Power: A Two-Edged Sword

Written by  Joan Herbig Thursday, 22 November 2007 00:34

It’s 2 a.m. Do you know where your corporate data is? If your V.P. of marketing just ran to catch a red-eye flight, it might be sitting in her forgotten PDA at the airport lounge. Product roll-out dates, details about your sales pipeline, strategic pricing, and other sensitive information may be left for the taking. Of course, it might be stored on a smart phone serving as chew toy for a sales rep’s pup. It might be blasted to nevermore by a failed handheld device battery. It might even be glowing before the eyes of a determined industrial spy. If you think these scenarios are exaggerated, think again. Gartner Research estimates that a quarter of a million mobile devices were left in airports last year alone – an incredible figure, considering everywhere else devices can be forgotten or dropped or neglected. Gartner also predicts by the year 2005, 40 percent of corporate data will