In any business of any size, it is increasingly common for sales reps, managers, support professionals and executives to all work more away from their desk than behind their desk. This trend is only increasing, with enterprise mobility rising to the second spot in the TechTarget’s Purchase Intentions Survey in 2015.
This demand for the inclusion of BYOD programs and complete mobility for professionals within a business poses a challenge for the IT professionals trying to ensure control, maximize security and enhance mobile applications that work for the business.
This demand for BYOD and enterprise mobility is not just a slight trend; it is a major component and change in the way that businesses do business. In a report publishes April 2014 by Markets and Markets it was found that the demand for BYOD and mobility in the workplace is increasing at a compound annual rate of approximately 25% per year. This will result in a projected rate of investment in this type of technology of $266.17 billion in the year 2019.
The biggest concerns for a business allowing the use of personal devices for business-related access to data, emails and apps are the obvious risk of security issues and lack of control by the company. The key issues for security include concerns about network-based security, identity and access control and management, and security around mobile endpoints such as tablets and smart phones.
However, with mobile device management systems deployed, which is an initiative that is reported to be a goal of 46% of businesses that responded to a TechTarget survey, these security concerns can be addressed.
Additionally developing and implementing a policy for BYOD for smartphones and tablets is seen as an important initiative for the same percentage of companies responding to the survey.
By establishing a policy and implementing an effective mobile device management, security issues and usage policies can be implemented throughout the enterprise mobility program, greatly reducing any risk of security issues.
Other factors that businesses are considering include MAM or mobile application management, mobile content management and implementing a corporate-issued mobile device program.
The most important consideration in these initiatives is to use mobile device management that is effective, addresses all the concerns of the business, and that provides a flexible, customized system. This allows the business to take advantage of all the possibilities of enterprise mobility without having to worry about potential security risks.