Security has been a “in your face technology” as a result of the traditional view that a locked down environment is a safe environment. The issue with a locked down environment is it inhibits creativity and productivity which is a reason why business users are doing an end run around IT and heading towards vendor app stores.
Like Disaster Recovery, security typically becomes a corporate priority as a result of industry compliance or a result of an event that impacts the business. The best practice for any security solution is to have it part of an integrated solution instead of a technology boot strap. The typical corporate approach however is to over provision a corporate application portfolio then locking down the end node to the point where it becomes a high-end thin client or dumb terminal.
The first step is to move away from the thinking that one IT policy fits the needs of all end users. As a result of this Orchard Parc focuses on user personalization to secure the end node. By securing the Mac user experience with OPUS, corporate IT can create a corporate user environment that secures not just the data, but also applications and the personalization. This user first approach, allows IT to create corporate polices that transverse corporate and BYOD devices. A defined corporate user persona that incorporates security into the end-user experience is where IT can provide superior business value.