One of the biggest worries that keep business owners and managers up at night is the thought that somewhere, on some device, data leakage is occurring that is potentially creating nightmares yet to happen.
In reality, data leakage from smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices doesn’t have to be a concern if businesses utilize mobile device management platforms. MDM software will assist in managing all mobile devices, but also keep track of desktop devices as well, all through the same system.
Obviously with desktop computers, loss and theft are not as big of a concern as companies have technology in place. However, monitoring and controlling access to data to just what employees need can help to reduce the risk of data leakage. Notifications and reports to track access to data, or compliance with data use, is all provided through the system, giving managers the peace of mind to be able to get a good night’s sleep.
The Real Source of Data Leakage
While mobile device management seems to be the focus today, and there is a lot of assumptions about how easy it is for hackers to get into tablets, smartphones and even wearable devices like Apple watches, the biggest source of data leaks are still those desktop computers.
Very few companies have encryption on the desktop computers that they require employees to have through their BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies. Additionally, and this is essential to remember, smartphones and tablets don’t store the vast amounts of data stored on a PC. Instead, information from these devices is stored securely in the cloud, which limits the risk of data leakage from either the stored data or the sharing of unauthorized information.
While endpoints, or the actual devices where the data is used, can be a source of data leakage, there is still the issue that worrying about security this far down the system is not as effective as security further up the system.
In other words, through mobile device management platforms allowing the administrator to set up user levels or access restrictions, only limited people in the company or business have access to the more sensitive information.
This not only limits the risk of data leaks, but it also streamlines the monitoring and tracking of access to that data. Systems that allow notifications to be sent when there is an attempt at unauthorized or authorized access to data are very helpful in this regard.
This is just one way that mobile device management helps the administrator to check for compliance and immediately detect violations of policy access and data leaks. As the system monitors 24/7, any breaches can be immediately detected and action taken, reducing any risks.