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Myths in Risk Management — With Controls, Too Much of a Good Thing Can Be Bad

On and off switch

Mobile devices are wonderful things. They’re light, easy to use and operate, accessible, and available — and they’ve revolutionized the way we manage our personal and business lives.

But for most of us, the mobile devices provided by our employers have very strict “controls”. Most are designed to turn off if they’re idle for just a few minutes. I can reset the timing on mine, but five minutes seems to be the maximum. During a typical conference call when I need to refer to my iPad, it’s common for me to have to sign in with a password four or …