Last week, I spent time at Mobile World Congress 2014 (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain. The huge convention center was full of content, speakers, sessions, and exhibits. A high-energy event, this year’s MWC featured high-profile speakers, including our own Randall Stephenson, IBM’s Virginia Rometty and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook. I too, was honored to have a small speaking slot on a panel at the event, during which I shared the details of AT&T’s secure BYOD solution and spoke to trends in the mobile workforce.

While Alex Pachikov from Evernote gave a counterpoint on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), my other fellow panelists — John Marshall of AirWatch, SAP’s Bill Clark, Dave Goldberg of Survey Monkey

– and I largely agreed on the need for a complete end-to-end solution for securing data and assets as it pertains to mobile security, with many components working together in a seamless manner.  I shared the details around our layered approach to mobile security that starts with making sure the device is not compromised, adds device policy controls, and layers on a secure container for business apps and data.  These features make sense not only for BYOD, but for company issued devices as well.

This layered approach involves many components, and we’re working continuously to integrate tools and resources to help ensure we provide a top-notch level of security with our service. And, we go further with VPN and network security options.  We are at the forefront when it comes to such advanced features as metered calling and data for the business side of Toggle.  As I pointed out during our panel discussion, these features are a good example of technology helping enterprises move past concerns about under- or over-compensating employees who use their personal devices for business.

Our secure enablement of the mobile business is a key success factor for our clients. From the session I participated in, as well as the information gathered through networking, I was able to share and gain valuable information.  These types of opportunities don’t come along too often, and I was pleased to be able to speak to customers about all that we have to offer to help protect their businesses, especially in the area of mobile security and BYOD.

Were you at MWC2014? If so, what were some of the hot topic areas you noticed from the show?