With BYOD policies becoming more common in the enterprise, enterprise mobile management has become more important than ever, since loss of personal devices can result in serious security issues. There is a lot of discussion about what enterprise mobile management really is, a topic we’ll address here.
Basically, enterprise mobile management refers to the people, processes and technology focused on managing mobile devices, wireless networks, and related services to enable widespread use of those devices in a business context. It is still in its early stages, and, for that reason, many business find it confusing. While organizations may be able rely on pen and paper for field workers for a little while longer, it won’t last, especially since other business are embracing enterprise mobile software. Still, those businesses that utilize enterprise mobile management still deal with a number of enterprise mobility challenges. As enterprise mobile management continues to evolve, many of those challenges will be addressed. Already, cloud based management systems exist that allow the seamless integration of mobile devices and continuous monitoring of devices in the event of a security breach. Adding that to its previous ability to streamline platform set up and device enrollment, including authentication, registration of devices, and application of default settings, enterprise mobile management systems are well on their way to global use.
At its core, enterprise mobile management focuses on three distinct areas:
Unless workers are getting solid, secure connections, the system is a failure. Along with connectivity, however, come security challenges. Still, the ability to deliver the applications workers need over a wireless channel is essential enough to make security challenges worth addressing.
- Visibility In order to gather the data you need to successfully manage your program, you must have visibility into, say, the cellular network your employees are accessing applications from. Without that visibility, it becomes impossible to troubleshoot any issues with connectivity or anything else.
- Control If IT staff are going to be able to to develop specific policies that meet your business goals and enforce them across all devices, they will need a certain amount of control over the enterprise mobile management system. This is necessary in order to push security updates, limit bandwidth usage, manage application access, and make other necessary adjustments to the system.
Already, 70% of smartphone users regularly check their work email outside of business hours. As mobile devices become more of a center for our work lives, enterprise mobile management systems will become increasingly important to the security of company data and information. Good refereneces.