What happens when employees bring their own devices to work?
Industry experts are pretty confident that mobile endpoints or devices will grow to become attractive targets for cyber criminals. In the day of cloud and mobile technology, enterprises need to safeguard their assets to ensure that what could have a simple problem has almost blown off their business.
A breach in security to have disastrous consequences like operational disruptions, lawsuits, financial losses, regulatory fines and sometimes irreparable damage to the brand and its competitive stand in the market and industry.
On the other hand, a proliferation of mobile devices is sweeping the consumer crowd with its plethora of options. Some people carry more than one device on their person. Convert that into the number of people in just one single country and the magnitude of the problem is sure to be made itself felt.
Now look at the same number of people bringing their device to work and the problem at hand just took on gargantuan proportions.
To take full advantage of workforce mobilization, enterprises will need to move beyond short-term management solutions and adopt a secure, comprehensive Enterprise Mobility Management(EMM) solution designed to meet today’s challenges and whatever lies around the corner.
Gartner has recently published a report ` When and How to Go Beyond EMM to Ensure Secure Enterprise’. This report underlines the fact that EMM helps to manage a mobile device fleet and enable security to a certain extent.
However, EMM may not help to actively detect, analyze and respond to mobile attacks such as malicious apps, network attacks, vulnerabilities in apps and so forth.
Advantages of Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM)
Enterprise Mobility Management is a necessity today for smart organizations. They cannot the devices entering their workplace, their network, their systems and their data. However, to some extent they can control the consequences of a breach.
EMM suites enable organizations to integrate and manage mobile devices in their IT infrastructures. EMM suites configure devices and applications for enterprise deployment. These suites can verify compliance, mitigate data loss, theft, employee termination etc. It also helps the IT team to troubleshoot device issues.
EMM’s core capabilities:
• Mobile Device Management (MDM) is a lifecycle management technology. It helps the organization’s IT team to configure, provision and de-provision content. It also enables remote viewing and wipe out.
• Mobile Application Management (MAM) helps to apply policies and control functionality of individual applications which are delivered via an app store. It also provides analytics to help owners understand usage patterns.
• Mobile Identity (MI) helps to manage security by providing access to trusted devices and users.
• Mobile Content Management (MCM) lays down access rules for content distribution on mobile devices. It can enforce policies, content upload, download, and distribution.
To summarize, EMM helps to address security concerns and a strong EMM strategy helps employees to be more productive by providing the tools they need but ensuring security is not compromised. However, seeing the potential of this space, a large number of vendors are entering the same with their offerings.
There are easily over a hundred vendors in the market, and it is difficult to choose the best tools, technologies, and techniques for cost-effective mobile strategy.