Businesses far and wide are focusing more and more on digital security. This is because hackers are constantly finding more ways to access vital information. The only way to combat this is by developing more ways to protect important information. There are virus protection, firewalls, VPNs, and many other methods of protection devices and valuable data. However, these are not always enough. This is especially true for any business where employees regularly have to access data from outside of the office. The most common method of handling work-related data from outside the office is to use a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet. It is incredibly difficult to monitor and protect outside devices which it even more important to find new ways to provide protection. The best way to monitor and protect outside, mobile devices is by utilizing enterprise mobility management software. Here, you will learn about one of the most popular enterprise mobility trends currently in use. This trend is “bring your own device” or BYOD.
First, it is important to know what exactly enterprise mobility actually is. The simplest way to put it is to say that enterprise mobility is work on the go. It is a means of handling important business while at home or out of town. You can sit at your favorite coffee shop and finish up a project or check on your team’s progress. Whatever you may need to handle when you are not in your office, can be taken care of right from your smartphone or tablet. Enterprise mobility management is software that allows IT managers and other supervising officials to protect company data while still allowing employees to access whatever they may need, regardless of where they are. This software goes well beyond firewalls and virus protection. There are actually quite a few levels to successful emm (enterprise mobility management). There are actually five distinct levels of protection from emm software. These levels are the next topic of discussion.
The first level is content management. This protection gives the IT manager the ability to alter or completely wipe all company related data from the mobile device in the event that it becomes lost, stolen, or simply needs to be replaced for any reason. No one wants private and vital company information to be readily available to anyone what may end up with the phone. This is true regardless of whether the device is stolen, lost, sold, or replaced. The next level of protection is app management. There are many ways this particular protection comes in handy. It ensures that company related apps are only accessing company related information. Also, keeps all data private. In the case of bringing your own device, this is particularly important because all of your personal information will be readily available in addition to company data. Next, emm provides network management. This level of protection handles all WIFI connections that the device attempts to pursue. Far too often, people connect their devices to unsecured WIFI which gives a hacker free reign with their information if they should choose to exploit it. The other two protection methods are service management and an overall protection.
There are two ways for a company to use enterprise mobility management software. The first way is by providing the company-issued mobile device. The most common type of device a company offers is a smartphone, but may also be a tablet or notebook computer. This option provides a high level of control because the manager can load all of the necessary programs and apps before the device is ever in the hand of an employee. It is also quite expensive. Quite often, large businesses will issue a full-sized tablet which is pricey by itself, but the company then has to pay the monthly bill. This makes this option incredibly expensive. This and this alone has prompted many businesses to switch policies and allow employees to provide their own devices. This is a huge financial burden off of the company’s shoulders.
The second way a company can utilize enterprise mobility software is by allowing employees to use the mobile device that they already own. This method is called “bring your own device” or BYOD. While there may not be quite as much control, it is far more cost effective and practical. The way this works is an employee brings their existing mobile device to the IT manager and then a few things will happen. The IT department will need to first check and ensure that the device is new enough. This step has nothing to do with pride or prestige at employees having new devices, but it does have everything to do ensuring that the device is capable of running the necessary apps, programs, and other important software and data. Once they are certain that the device is new enough and has been properly updated, they will begin altering settings and permissions to provide maximum security. After this, they will install various important applications that will be used specifically for company work. Each app will be set up and configured as necessary.
Once all of the apps, permissions, and settings have been taken care of accordingly, the rest is up to you. Some apps may require you to set up a profile with a password, this is the point where you will set those up and fill them out only with what is absolutely necessary. Some of the apps or permissions may require a security code that will be programmed specifically to you and to the device. This is a very big responsibility, matching each employee to the exact type set up they need. This includes all restrictions and security clearances.
This has been a list of basic information regarding enterprise mobility management and brings your own device to use with the company’s files and databases. Remember that these apps and software is not there to invade your privacy or alter your personal data. Instead, each security level is intended to protect both you and the company’s information. Emm apps cannot access your personal data, they can only perform the given task.