Enterprise mobility is here - all that's left to do is perfect how we manage it.
But perhaps that's easier said than done. Mobile device proliferation has exploded over the last few years. Three out of 4 people own smartphones, and about half own tablets, according to Pew Research of U.S. consumers. By the end of the decade, the world will have 11.6 billion mobile devices to contend with. That sure is a lot of connections.
Businesses have their hands full now developing enterprise mobility management strategies and keeping them afloat as their audiences, consumers, employees, partners, competitors and markets rapidly evolve thanks to this technology. What's going to happen when mobile finally gets cooking in a few years?
Let's address a few EMM growing pains still plaguing mobile adopters in 2017.
1. Lack of a command center
The best EMM strategies start with a bird's eye view of the entire operation. Without high-level transparency, businesses cannot expect to maintain order over their workplace devices and nip bad behavior before it blossoms into a big problem. More importantly, IT security leaders cannot expect to manage all the different mobile devices used in a given company without tools to help them digest a lot of information quickly and automate data mining to feed key metrics.
Whether in the office or out in the world, your devices require better EMM.
In short, the best EMM requires you to see all and know all without doing it all by yourself. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, managers must have visibility into enrolled versus unenrolled devices, as well as information regarding which devices have not applied integral rules.
2. Adding new devices
But what should a mobile security task force look for? Incidentally, the first step to implementing EMM offers a lot of insight.
For example, an open door policy for new devices will not make for a productive work environment or protect sensitive workplace data. Workplace smartphones and tablets should come preloaded with all the right apps necessary for daily operation to promote a seamless integration into the device pool. Additionally, before systems integration, BYOD programs must capably vet personal devices for the presence of proper apps and establish clear partitions between personal and professional data therein.
Why? Should these devices go AWOL, IT teams need the ability to remotely wipe them clean of sensitive information. Best-in-class EMM solutions like MaaS360 from IBM provide features like geofencing as a way to automate notifications about potential breaches or even trigger data wipe actions should devices cross a certain physical threshold - like, say, if a mobile device designated for office use only travels outside the office building. Precautions at EMM stage one confirm that power and support strong endpoint security.
Should these devices go AWOL, IT teams need the ability to remotely wipe them clean of sensitive information
Using EMM, you also have the ability to do a selective wipe, which protects personal data on BYOD devices. Anchuing Wang, MaaS360 MSP/ESA Program Manager for IBM, gives this example for when this is important: "Best-in-class EMM solutions like MaaS360 from IBM provide features like geofencing as a way to automate notifications about potential breaches or even trigger data wipe actions should devices cross a certain physical threshold - like, say, if a mobile device designated for office use only travels outside the office building. Precautions at EMM stage one confirm that power and support strong endpoint security."
3. Updating apps across all devices
As the sheer number of enterprise mobile devices swells, along with per-person device averages, updating risks grow as well. EMM's role in automatically ensuring every device in the enterprise network is up to speed with the latest patches, upgrades, etc. also goes to the heart of what makes good EMM so valuable.
On-site mobile security professionals cannot waste their precious time poring over granular data. True EMM solutions automate labor-intensive processes, like updating apps and software which might otherwise be done manually, so experts can focus on high-level strategies. Furthermore, by taking such important matters out of the hands of employees, mobile businesses avoid provoking human errors that snowball into devastating breaches down the road.
Only 1 in 4 infected enterprise mobile devices receive a thorough scrubbing and investigation.
Why you should take mobile security and compliance seriously
As recently as 2015, studies showed 8 out of 10 companies are not fully compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), an industry baseline for businesses that accept credit cards, according to Verizon. Pretty scary when you consider consumers paid $20 trillion with credit cards that year.
While enterprise mobile devices may not necessarily operate as points of sale, they may provide access to sensitive identity and payment information to unauthorized parties via lateral movement. In essence, lateral movement entails a breach that infiltrates an underprotected asset or portal as a way to get closer to more valuable data elsewhere.
Mobile devices are prime targets for these sorts of attacks. According to a recent study from the Ponemon Institute, 3 percent of all enterprise mobile devices contain malware at any given time, but currently only 1 in 4 infected devices receive a thorough scrubbing and investigation. Moreover, even if businesses caught every compromised device, the economic cost would measure in the tens of millions of dollars. Instead, why not prevent infection and vulnerabilities in the first place with a comprehensive EMM solution that costs about $3 monthly per user per device?
Advanced ERP software can be an excellent support system to EMM infrastructure. abas ERP helps users construct reliable mobile channels for remote work through intuitive apps and pairs well with popular EMM solutions like IBM's MaaS360.
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