Mobile Device Management (MDM) enables businesses to manage company devices and personal mobile devices from a central location. MDM typically provides automatic updates and encryption, and organizes devices to increases effectiveness and security throughout a team.
In today’s increasingly mobile workforce, business networks are home to more devices than ever before. In one study, 6 in 10 U.S. enterprises already had a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) plan in place, reflecting a trend that has taken root at companies around the world. But the influx of personal phones, tablets and laptops on business networks brings increased security risks—and a need to streamline device management.
Enter MDM solutions. Mobile device management solutions provide access to data from each team member’s mobile devices from a central location—and that includes personal mobile devices, laptops and tablets if a company has a BYOD policy. Most MDM systems run through a cloud-based system that integrates with current enterprise applications. MDM can also be integrated with mail and active directories.
Mobile device management is similar to local device management services (LDM) that run security and provide solutions for PCs and desktops. Updates and security tests are conducted while team members are away from their desks, giving them more time to get work done without sacrificing security.
Here’s a quick overview of key MDM benefits, and how this solution can be integrated into your company’s comprehensive security strategy.
There’s no larger productivity drain than having different team members using different versions of key software. No doubt you’ve run into that one team member who hasn’t installed updates with new communication features. The time it takes to explain or install the updates after the fact becomes a drain on productivity.
MDM provides automatic software updates across your team. These updates can be completed before meetings or a new workday begins. The result? Your team will always be on the same page when it comes to software. An MDM solution can automatically administer patches in the same way across devices. All work can be done after the workday is over, when team members have stepped away from their mobile devices or shut them off for the night.
Mobile security is quickly becoming more crucial for companies everywhere. Fact: Trojans and spyware on mobile devices increased by 40% in 2016; ransomware increased by 30%. Companies with a BYOD policy are at a higher risk for data breaches, especially if team members are using Androids or other mobile devices that are more prone to malware. When team members download apps on phones that are used to store company data, they potentially open another door to malware. MDM services can analyze the security risks of these apps and potentially block users from downloading them to their devices.
A centralized management system does the security work for each team member. All devices under the MDM umbrella should also be subject to ongoing encryption, sandboxing and other best security practices. If your MDM solution has access to personal business devices, it can identify potential threats from one central location and destroy them quickly. MDM services can also compile risk reports and outline best practices for eliminating them.
MDM services can provide security solutions as simple as requiring passwords for all users. Other solutions, like automatically locking devices and requiring a password after a period of inactivity, preserve data in the event that the device gets into the wrong hands.
MDM can also help ease some of the woes of lost mobile devices. When a mobile device is stolen, an MDM system can wipe the device clean and lock it from a central location so that confidential data can’t be shared or stolen. Administrators can also recover data that has been erased or stolen.
No matter your company’s size or number of mobile devices, MDM services can support your entire team while minimizing key security risks. When combined with local device management and other security strategies, MDM is a crucial component to your organization’s security plan.