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New security threat at work: Bring-your-own-network

Computerworld – Even as IT pros wrestle with the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend, corporate security is being further complicated by another emerging trend: bring your own network (BYON).

BYON is a by-product of increasingly common technology that allows users to create their own mobile networks, usually through mobile wireless hotspots. Security professionals say BYON requires a new approach to security because some internal networks may now be as insecure as consumer devices.

Jim Kunick, an attorney with the Chicago law firm Much Shelist, said BYON represents a more dangerous threat to data security than employees who bring their own smartphones or tablets into the office. “The network thing blows this up completely, because it takes the data out of the network the company protects,” he said. “There’s no way to ensure the security of that data. People are running corporate apps and processing corporate and client data using networks that may or may not be secure.

“I mean, no one is sure the Boingo network is secure,” he said.

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//Richard

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