For many years, server and desktop virtualization have been known to improve computing efficiency. With the popularization of the corporate data protection on smartphones and the mobile BYOD policies, the National Security Agency (NSA) is convinced that virtualization will provide security on mobile devices.
The NSA manages a program known as Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSFC). The purpose of the program is to test and approve hardware, providing relevant information that will assist government entities to enhance security. For example, if a public sector administrator chooses to buy mobile devices for the office staff, CSFC can provide information about all devices that can be used for various government roles.
Visualization hardware and software are used by the intelligence community to improve security on laptops and tablets. Smartphones that had mobile virtualization technology could not pass this test until the HTC A9 phone was released. The Android phone which comes with the mobile virtualization functionality is the first of its kind to gain the approval of the NSA.
What is mobile virtualization?
Virtualization is a broad and complicated field of technology that offers many benefits to different sectors including healthcare IT. When it comes to mobile devices, however, virtualization becomes a less complex process. Mobile virtualization like any mobile device management plan is used to separate business data from personal data. Current solutions are designed to organize and secure data that have been saved in a single drive.
Basically, new model phones come with one operating system which has many folders that can be secured for personal and business access. But the main software running the whole phone still allows for connection of all the folders. This means that when an employee downloads malware hidden in a mobile application such as a game, it may spread through the entire operating system, affecting each folder regardless of how secure they are.
Fortunately, the mobile virtualization technology allows administrators in different sectors like the healthcare IT sector to separate the operating system from the hardware. You can now split up a phone’s storage into two distinct drives for different operating system installations. This is advantageous because it allows you to have control over the apps that users can download. Within the business partition, users can only download apps that are approved by your business. Also, when employees install malware on their personal partition, your business data remains secure as the two virtualized operating system cannot interact with each other.
The mobile virtualization technology is no doubt in the earliest stage of development. But the possibility of a technology that can connect software from two devices onto the hardware of a single smartphone is something the security community is quite excited about. The world is changing and with every hour comes a innovation. Mobile virtualization technology will continue to grow in the coming years.