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Dual Interface Mobile Devices To Address BYOD Issue 116

Posted by Soulskill
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Lucas123 writes "Next year, smart phones will begin shipping with the ability to have dual identities: one for private use and the other for corporate. Hypervisor developers, such as VMware and Red Bend, are working with system manufacturers to embed their virtualization software in the phones, while IC makers, such as Intel, are developing more powerful and secure mobile device processors. The combination will enable mobile platforms that afford end users their own user interface, secure from IT's prying eyes, while in turn allowing a company to secure its data using mobile device management software. One of the biggest benefits dual-identity phones will offer is enabling admins to wipe corporate data from phones without erasing end users profiles and personal information."
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Dual Interface Mobile Devices To Address BYOD Issue

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  • YO DAWG (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Thud457 (234763) on Tuesday November 27, 2012 @06:06PM (#42110007) Homepage Journal
    we heard you like to compute while you talk, so we put your boss's computer in your phone so you can slave away 24/7!
  • by CanHasDIY (1672858) on Tuesday November 27, 2012 @06:11PM (#42110073) Homepage Journal
    I don't understand who this would be attractive to, outside control-freak American corporations.

    As a private citizen, why the hell would I want my personal phone to be designed in a way that allows the company I work for to take control of it and access my personal data (separate partitions be damned - when they take the device out of your view for "updates," what guarantee do you have they aren't hacking or imaging it? None)?

    As a business owner, why the hell would I want sensitive company data to be stored locally on the personal device of an employee? What guarantee do I have that said employee won't try to access the information without permission, or better yet, take the phone and try to sell it to one of my competitors?

    Now, say I was one of those aforementioned control-freak corporations - I would find this a wonderful idea! Not only would it give me an excuse and method to constantly track employees during their off time (oh, see, we're only monitoring the business partition of your phone, so it's totally legit!), it would also be one more frond on the proverbial cat-O-nine that I use to subjugate and mentally manipulate the people who work for me into docile compliance!

    Perhaps I'm being excessively cynical, but I fail to see any positive value to such a system.
  • by Rennt (582550) on Tuesday November 27, 2012 @06:47PM (#42110451)

    The point is you don't need (or even want) a hypervisor when you have a secure multi-user system with process isolation like Android.

    Lack of a hypervisor support baked into the CPU is only a problem for hypervisor vendors.

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