Changes smartphones have brought to Africa

Posted on September 11, 2014 10:42 pm

Just a decade ago, mobile phone was considered a device used to make calls and send messages. In Africa, the introduction of smartphones has changed the way African businesses think of mobile phones and mobile computing. Smartphones have had a monumental impact on the business with consumers and businesses racing to get hold of the latest devices. Smartphone allow people across the continent to have a computer, phone, music player, and even payment system. That in effect means everyone in Africa and other parts of the World have such a powerful and easy to use gadget in their pockets and all of us want us to use it all the time irrespective of wherever we go, at kitchen, at work or on holiday. In Africa, smartphones are changing the way businesses need to manage networks and is having a huge impact on the security of companies in the region. Smartphones, tablets and laptops are becoming our ‘on the move’ devices, creating a boon in productivity.

Also security of mobile devices is a question starting with establishing control over how mobile devices are used and what data they can access or store as well as visibility which is vital if business professionals can hope to identify the threats and risky devices and monitor their activities on the corporate network. One of the fundamental problems African business professionals face when securing their network and digital assets is establishing and leveraging superior intelligence to identify what needs to be protected and the threats to consider when structuring defences and is particularly challenging in the mobile enterprise environment. Mobile devices easily connect with third-party cloud services and computers whose security posture is potentially unknown and outside of the enterprise’s control. Increased visibility and control will help African businesses to protect against advanced threats that result from mobility challenges. With increased visibility into the number and types of devices connecting to the networks across the African business sector ranging from Android, Windows, iOS, Blackberries, the smartphone has been responsible for the revolutionary way African businesses and individuals access corporate networks and data. That demands that there’s need for the business industry continuously stay ahead of threats that these devices provide.

Contador Harrison