BYOD: Big Security, Small Devices

With the popularity of smartphones and tablets among workers, IT departments are trying to accommodate the influx of consumer tech -- and manufacturers are trying to help. Here are some consumer devices that have been tweaked for the enterprise -- and the software that's being used.

BlackBerry Torch

The BlackBerry line once had a near-total lock on the enterprise mobile device market; unfortunately, its star has waned. The BlackBerry Torch, shown here, hasn't achieved nearly the success of its Android and iOS-powered competition.

Note: This slideshow accompanies our story BYOD: Big security, small devices. Click through to that story for more on how consumer tech is being made safe for enterprises.

Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8 promises a number of advanced enterprise-level features, such as device-level encryption. Shown here: The "Company Hub" feature, which allows a corporation to create its own custom-branded home screen for devices.

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MobileIron's enterprise smartphone management suite allows a broad range of devices to be managed from a single console. An enterprise can satisfy its need for device control and allow its users to pick the devices they actually want.

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Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung's Galaxy S III is the latest of their smartphones to offer SAFE, Samsung's branded package of enterprise security features, which includes on-device encryption and VPN support.

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Apple iPad

Apple's popular iOS mobile devices -- such as the iPad, pictured here -- provide a walled-garden security system that makes device management relatively straightforward for IT managers.

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Motorola Droid 4

Motorola’s most recent Android-powered devices, which are branded “Business Ready” (such as the Droid 4, shown here), use technologies acquired from a company called 3LM to allow apps to be controlled by IT administrators in a fine-grained way.

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Lenovo ThinkPad

Lenovo's Android-powered ThinkPad tablets employ a number of mobile device managment solutions, among them an enterprise app store which allows IT managers to curate collections of apps.

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Nokia Lumia 900

According to Nokia, the hardware design of its phones -- such as this Nokia Lumia 900 -- is an attractor for consumers, while Windows Phone 8's planned enterprise features will make the phone attractive to corporate customers.

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More news and research: The Consumerization of IT and BYOD Guide

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