Mobile device management (MDM) solutions provide visibility and control required to secure, manage, & monitor any corporate-owned or employee-owned devices that access corporate data. In simple terms, some organizations require corporate devices as well as employee-owned devices to be monitored along with the implementation of restrictions on the type of apps installed on the devices. A robust solution will provide features like security, device management, content management, scalability, monitoring, and operating system controls. But does your business really need a mobile device management solution?
The Need For Mobile Device Management
As technology continues to evolve, data protection and management has become the single-most important concern of all corporate organizations. It’s no surprise that the mobile device-management market is expected to grow from 2016’s $1.69 billion USD to $5.32 billion USD in 2021, according to Markets and Markets.
Mobile devices store and transfer an enormous amount of corporate as well as personal data. The need for ensuring the security of this data has created the need for implementing mobile device management solutions in a corporate environment. Although mobile devices have increased productivity in the modern workspace, it has also increased the risk as well as concerns of corporate data. The loss of a mobile device or the malicious intentions of a dishonest employee can lead to the loss of confidential information. Would you be willing to work with such risks to data security?
The devices that are not encompassed in an MDM solution’s protective net is at an increased risk of malware and other virus attacks that could compromise the data security. Moreover, the widespread adoption of 5G will require businesses to redesign their enterprise mobility strategies. 5G has not only brought forth better communication technologies but has allowed for increased adoption of IoT, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and smart devices. This is where MDM solutions really enable organizations to have better control over data security and allows effective monitoring of all devices in the organization.
Significance of MDM in The Current Covid Scenario
In light of the recent Covid situation, almost all organizations, especially those offering professional services, have shifted to a work-from-home arrangement. Now consider the concerns of data security in a monitored office environment. The risks increase manifold when it comes to a work-from-home scenario as the employees need to be provided with organizational data in order to ensure seamless working. The best way to mitigate these risks is to implement a robust mobile device management solution.
MDM will enable organizations to remotely wipe out data from the devices in case of violation of data security, certain app restrictions can be implemented to control data transfer, and user accountability for the devices can be managed in a better way. This will allow organizations to maintain the integrity of their confidential information without compromising on service quality or productivity.
8 Reasons To Implement Mobile Device Management For Your Business
If you have not already considered implementing a robust mobile device management solution for your business, the following reasons will help you to make an informed decision.
Easy Remote Management
MDM allows mobile service providers to monitor and manage devices from anywhere in the world. The elimination of location dependency for monitoring multiple devices is one of the most significant benefits of mobile device management. Remote management also enhances network security by making it possible to disable certain users, even if said users are not on-premises. This also allows quick action to indications of threat to data security and breach of confidentiality
Complete BYOD Support
MDM is perfectly suited to the BYOD environment that most organizations have allowed or are adapting. The key area of BYOD support provided by MDM is recognition and management of multiple devices that employees may bring to work. While traditional systems reject any unknown device that may be present in the system, MDM considers the possibility of multiple devices in the environment without assuming them to be an immediate threat. It actually brings a balance between the need for maintenance of data security and allowing appropriate freedom to the employees
Controlled Device Updates
Did you know that hackers can take advantage of old software or firmware versions by tapping into their flaws and jeopardizing the security of data? Yes, this is possible. More than often, people do not keep their mobile devices updated with the latest software. MDM allows device software to be updated remotely by the system admin, thereby requiring absolutely no user intervention. The other aspect to this facility is that users can be prevented from installing certain apps that may not be in compliance with the organization’s policies or may be a risk to the data security. With MDM, everything can be managed at the click of a button across all devices in the system
Enhanced Network Security
With the help of mobile device management, system administrators can easily apply updates across hundreds of devices, encrypt confidential corporate information, and build a barrier between personal information and company data. Some of the features of network security in MDM include remote locking of device, remote wiping of all data in the device, and securing all access to the data despite all attempts to get the information in the device.
Reduced IT Administration
Mobile device management brings in considerable automation in the system, thereby reducing the need for IT administration for most tasks. A single person with admin access to the MDM system can easily manage a large fleet of devices, thanks to advanced reporting, analytics, and monitoring capabilities provided in the solution.
Improved Regulatory Compliance
Operating in accordance with IT standards and guidelines is of the utmost importance. However, ensuring compliance across multiple devices in an organization can be a tedious and daunting task. MDM brings in a unified interface which allows centralized monitoring and management of devices while ensuring legal as well as other regulatory compliance across all the devices in the system.
Automated Device Registration
MDM solutions are usually equipped for automatically supporting new device registrations. This completely eliminates the need for the MDM system admin to manually register the accounts. A general approach to the automated process can include an email being sent to the number or account logged in the device. The system will bind the device ID with the user’s account and all system settings can be applied over the air without the need for manual intervention
Complete Suite of Management & Security Tools
Mobile device management solutions include a full suite of management and security tools for all devices – Windows, Android, iOS, Mac, Linux, etc. These devices can either be owned by the organization or it can belong to the employees. Depending on your requirement, you can get a custom MDM with features and platforms that are most suited for your organization’s specific needs. Moreover, MDM solutions are robust and can easily be scaled up in accordance to business growth.
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Advantal Technologies has implemented MDM solutions for one of the largest airforce organizations and navy in the world. Both implementations required custom MDM solutions to be built for the clients in collaboration with Nokia, HCL, and Samsung. With close to 100,000 devices being brought into the MDM umbrella, the solution has been working efficiently with ZERO downtime since deployment.
If you need a robust and cost effective MDM solution for your business, get in touch with our experts today for a FREE consultation. Let’s add the MDM shield to protect your organization’s confidential data and help you get complete peace of mind.