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Australia’s parliament trials Apple iPads

Warwick Ashford

Officials in Australia's Federal Parliament are considering allowing politicians to connect their iPads to the parliamentary Wi-Fi network, according to local reports.

Alan Thompson, the Secretary of the Department of Parliamentary Services that runs Federal Parliament, has revealed it has conducted a limited trial of iPad use within the parliament.

The trial, in which ten devices were used to connect to a range of parliamentary computing network services, was largely successful, Alan Thompson said.

Thompson said parliament was looking into the possibility of allowing officers to connect to the in-house Wi-Fi to access online services, but stopped short of committing to allowing the connections.

Consumerisation of IT, in which members of organisations are increasingly demanding to use consumer devices such as iPads to connect to corporate networks, is a challenge many organisations face.

The Information Security Forum (ISF) has identified at least eight security issues linked to the consumerisation of IT that organisations facing this challenge need to address.

The traditional approach to managing this is all about the technology, but Adrian Davis, principal research analyst at the ISF, warns businesses need to tackle this problem from a governance point of view, requiring management of users, devices, applications and data.

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