It wasn’t too long ago that people were simply happy to have a mobile phone, and now with the prevalence of smartphones, that first generation of mobile phones seems archaic at best.
Individuals today use smartphones and tablets to access information for both business and personal use, and an increasing number of people are turning from these larger devices to the smaller, wearable connected devices such as the Apple watch and other smart watches.
As with any type of device that allows employees to access information and stay connected, these wearables can boost productivity and make it easier for employees to do their job. However, this new technology is not without its concerns as well, and utilizing mobile device management (MDM) platforms that incorporate wearable devices into their system will be essential for IT security.
To assist businesses in providing security for email access and data retrieval from wearable devices, the following factors need to be considered.
Current MDM System
It is essential to ensure that any current mobile device management platform or system in use is able to accommodate for wearable devices. This includes being able to include both Apple and Android based operating systems and the Windows based systems as well.
The IT department will need to work with the employees to register the device and then to have the ability to remotely wipe that device should it be lost or stolen. This is essential as a security consideration and one that does require oversight to ensure devices are accounted for at all times.
Lock Out Unauthorized Access
One security feature that will be within the control of the employee is to use a passcode or a lock code on all mobile devices, including wearables. By establishing a passcode on each device when lost or stolen there is less chance that data will be accessed before the remote wiping through the MDM system can be completed. There is also no risk that the device could be accessed by someone other than the employee if the device is left temporarily in view of others.
Establish a Policy
One of the best ways to enhance security with mobile devices even with an MDM system is to develop a comprehensive BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy. This will include requirements for registering the device with the IT management team as well as what can or cannot be accessed from the device.
Additionally, and over and above the mobile device management system, it will be important to proactively train employees on security. This will include security issues including how they send and receive email as well as how they browse or download on their personal devices that are also used for work.