With increased smartphone adoption, enterprise mobility has become more of a necessity than an option. Employees prefer using mobile workstations which enhance productivity and enables remote access to business applications. As a result enterprises are embracing BYOD policies to increase integration of mobile devices with their IT infrastructure.
But with increased opportunities also come challenges and threats. It’s the same with enterprise mobility. A potential solution for these challenges is to deploy an effective Enterprise Mobility Management solution which can eliminate security risks and inconsistency in IT infrastructure between business departments and processes.
Key threats/challenges posed by enterprise mobility include:
- Data/ Content Management: Mobile devices provide remote access to business data and applications beyond corporate boundaries. Sensitive files can be stored or shared through any device which puts corporate data to a high risk. This needs to be managed effectively with a robust security solution.
Advanced EMMs can provide safer access to corporate data through multiple checks. Key features include version control, content distribution management, encryption and sharing restrictions based on hierarchy.
- Application management: Managing business applications in a mobile setup also requires a robust security solution. Key issues include lifecycle management of apps, manage distribution and phasing out retiring apps.
EMM tools can provide effective solution in the form of role based app distribution, user authentication and data encryption etc.
- Device management: With multiple mobile platforms and Operating systems and an explosion in the number of mobile devices coming to market, it could be tough for enterprise IT teams to manage those devices. Device management especially in the case of a stolen device which creates a potential data breach for the organization. MDM (Mobile Device Management) tools need to be deployed to enhance remote access to business data and provide remote wiping facility in cases of theft.
To efficiently counter these challenges, enterprises need to identify their unique challenges at hand and select the right mobility partner and security solution matching their needs.
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