The varied and ubiquitous use of mobile devices in individuals’ work and personal lives only continues to grow. Companies that have not yet adopted a firm mobile device policy or an EMM (enterprise mobility management) solution need to do so now, and businesses that were early adopters of device management solutions need now to re-evaluate those solutions.
Considering just how much the market has changed over the past few years, businesses should create and/or re-evaluate their policy or EMM solution with the below points in mind.
The BYOD trend is growing.
Whether or not a business’s IT department (or executives) have sanctioned the use of personal mobile devices for work purposes, it is very likely that most employees will use personal devices for work purposes (even if only for basic tasks such as checking email).
It is better for companies to acknowledge this trend and enable employees to securely access work resources on their mobile devices (as opposed to letting this access go unmanaged).
A progressive BYOD policy also can be a strong asset for helping companies attract and retain top talent in the field: few desire to work for an employer that is perceived as behind the times.
Mobile threats are ever-changing.
From targeted data breaches to broad-reaching malware, the number of potential threats to the corporate environment continues to grow. Cyber-criminals tend to aim attacks specifically at mobile devices, since they are often less secure than work stations.
Businesses should be aware that IT cannot manually control or prevent every threat. Mobile security software is designed specifically for this purpose, and an EMM tool is the best way to combat these risks.
The EMM market has matured.
Even if organizations already have a mobile security solution in place, they should be aware that the EMM market has evolved rapidly over the past three years. Software giants such as VMware and Citrix have acquired and advanced EMM solutions, and the various providers have significantly expanded their solution offerings.
New mobile technologies and apps now enable employees to access a countless number of work resources on their mobile devices. Businesses need a mobile security solution that facilitates and secures this access. The modern business needs a forward-looking EMM provider that secures not only email and contacts, but that also provides a secure means to access apps, documents, and other key business resources from mobile devices.
Thanks to new mobility technologies, it has never been easier for employees to be productive while in or out of the office. However, this increased access means more opportunities for security threats to enter the corporate environment.
Businesses should ensure that they do more than just keep up with growing trends such as BYOD. They need to secure this process with a market-recognized EMM provider that will protect the organization against an ever-evolving mobile threat environment.
Stay on top of potential mobile security threats to your organization. Contact eXemplify today to learn about how to effectively create or revamp your approach to mobile device security.