As an introduction to the topic area, this chapter identifies the range and increasing capabilities of mobile devices, including laptops/notebooks, PDAs, mobile phones, media players and removable storage. The discussion emphasises that while mobility is an undoubted asset to the business, it does serve to open up a new range of risks through both the technology and the ways it is used. This will set the scene for the more focused chapters that follow.

Mobile technology has transformed the nature of our personal and business lives, with laptop computers, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), and mobile phones all having made the transition from being high-end executive items to everyday technologies in the mass market. ...

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