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Protection Vs privacy: the problem with mobile device management

May 29, 2018 | By admin 
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We live in a time when the world’s most valuable commodity isn’t Gold or Silver but data – Information drives our modern society, it allows brands to target their advertisements in attaining prospering ROIs!

Of late, Facebook has been in the limelight for all negative reasons. The critical sense of the recent Facebook scandal is not about the loss of individual privacy but the amount of delicate information that Facebook collects. The Cambridge Analytica scandal brought to light about the data collection practices that go beyond users’ in-app behavior. The social media giant effortlessly collected information of users call logs, exchanged SMS messages and details of devices on which the app is installed.

As a result, this news sent shockwaves to users and the company’s reputation was badly damaged, furthermore, many went to the extent of deleting their Facebook accounts and recommending the same to others. Besides all the criticism and uproar of this privacy issue, there exists yet another grave privacy challenge of mobile device management (MDM) within many organizations.

By 2023, the MDM market is projected to reach $7.86bn, similar to Facebook, the mobile device management invades users privacy in numerous unidentifiable ways.

Privacy Protection

Many businesses today, encourage their employees to ‘bring your own device’ or BYOD to work. In order to steer clear of the emerging issues, companies make use of the mobile device management (MDM) which in other words is a robust mobile security tool that prevents data leakage.

The centrally managed MDM solution effectively addresses many concerns raised by the BYOD. It is more capable of protecting passwords, wiping data remotely and automatically rejects unsafe WLAN networks. But, the BYOD policies of companies also create many data and privacy threats for employees.

Is Employee Privacy at Stake

Employees opt-in for BYOD in an organization for the comfort of using their own device. They can carry it wherever they want to and handle the device at their free will. The need to get accustomed to the new device never arises here. On the other hand, organizations save big by doing away the purchase spend on numerous gadgets for the employees.

Even though mobile device management robustly secures data within the business environment, it raises some serious concerns about safeguarding employee privacy. The open truth is that mobile device management offers significant insights to employers of device activity at any given time. Besides that, the IT teams are authorized to perform various actions on employee devices such as wiping data remotely, locking devices, monitoring employee locations for corporate security reasons and much more.

The growing trend is getting stalled with more number of employees refusing to permit mobile device management tools from being installed on their personal devices. The recent Facebook scandals have heightened the concerns about privacy and data breaches. As per a recent research finding, only 44 percent of the tech-savvy people showed willingness for MDM to be installed on their personal devices, while the rest are skeptical and unwilling.

The Need of the Hour

BYOD has become an integral aspect of organizations and cannot be avoided. If employees start omitting BYOD, the productivity of any organization would get affected badly. For BYOD initiatives to continue smoothly, organizations need to respect employee privacy and ensure data security. MDM alternatives can broker harmony between the two parties – the all-new Cloud-based agentless tools enable IT teams in protecting corporate data and the same could be tried on for better results.

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