Mobile Device Management (MDM) is the process of securing enterprise mobile devices, both employee and enterprise-owned, from the security threats these devices pose to the network and the devices themselves. MDM technology is especially essential in the modern-day context, where more and more enterprises are incorporating BYOD (Bring-Your-Own-Device) concept into their environment.
In this blog, let’s take a look at some of the basics of Mobile Device Management (MDM) technology and how it can help various enterprises across the globe in improving their overall IT network security and enterprise productivity.
Data Protection Forms The Core Of Mobile Device Management
With the burgeoning of the number of devices that can be brought into a corporate network and the advent of BYOD concept, the need to safeguard corporate data has attracted a lot of attention lately. The challenges posed to the corporate data because of the influx of these devices can be successfully tackled using Mobile Device Management (MDM) tools.
While there’s no doubt that employee productivity increases when they are allowed to use various devices – like tablets, smartphones, laptops etc., – to access the corporate data, there’s no denying that the danger posed to the network because of these devices too increases simultaneously.
Mobile Device Management (MDM) tools help negate the dangers posed by these mobile devices by making provisions for safe data segregation, document protection, mail protection and by generally ensuring the enterprise security policy gets implemented over these mobile devices seamlessly. By protecting and controlling the data that employee mobile devices connected to a network can access, MDM not only cuts down support costs but also improves enterprise productivity.
Your MDM Tool Should Address Worst-Case Scenarios Well
With MDM technology the worst-case scenario would be the mobile device falling into the wrong hands or being accessed illegitimately. Therefore you need MDM tools which can lock out and wipe data from mobile devices which fall into wrong hands. Of course, there may be other worst-case scenarios as well considering your enterprise’s requirements. Consider each one of them carefully and select the MDM tool which can address them successfully.
Employee Awareness Is Crucial
Lapses in user behavior are usually the cause of many security attacks. Therefore no matter how sophisticated the MDM tool you are employing might be, if you don’t educate your employees on the security measures they should be adopting, your MDM tool will be of no use to you. Therefore conduct seminars for spreading security awareness among your employees and educate them especially about the risks of downloading from unauthorized third-party sources.
BYOD (Bring-Your-Own-Device) is here to stay. Therefore enterprises don’t have much option other than to embrace the technology and tackle the challenges posed by them. Chiefly because the benefits they offer are too many to be ignored. So improving your enterprise productivity by selecting the right kind of MDM tool which improves enterprise productivity, enhances network security and does not enforce itself too much on the mobile devices of your network.