The tricky balancing act of mobile security

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Your workers' smartphones could be the weakest link in your security plan. Here's how to protect the devices and secure the data.

First came desktop security, then laptop security. But the next wave -- mobile -- throws new wrenches into the works, as IT is now supporting multiple types of devices and warding off sophisticated threats. Here's how IT leaders are coping.

The march toward mobility at Scotiabank is pretty typical: first laptops to enable alternative work arrangements for employees, now smartphones and tablets to give workers anywhere access to information.

The Toronto-based bank, with 83,000 employees worldwide, deployed company-owned BlackBerries several years ago to personnel who require them to do their jobs more effectively, and has since asked select staffers and IT support people to pilot other smartphone brands as well.

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