Mobile smartphone users often struggle with balancing business and consumer tasks on their devices. This creates a security risk for businesses, as they are forced to limit mobile phone use, application availability and network access based on what phones employees use.
Recently, VMware, in partnership with LG, announced a program to help solve this problem by deploying virtualization technology on mobile devices to allow them to run both business and consumer operations on two entirely separate operating systems within one device.
"The reality is that today's employee-owned mobile devices are often more advanced than corporate offerings. As a result, the agile enterprise is looking to embrace new end user computing models that allow users to work on the devices they love," said Stephen Herrod, CTO and senior vice president of research and development at VMware.
By deploying the virtualization technology on their mobile devices, employees will be able to safely perform business tasks without compromising the company's security, while using the same device for personal functions.
According to a recent report from ZDnet, security is one of the primary issues faced by mobile workers. As employees use mobile devices to perform office tasks, business data can be risked because of mobile devices often lack significant security-related functions.