Towards compliance – the biggest challenges in mobility and how you can address them today
Discover how you can quickly overcome some of the biggest challenges associated with enterprise mobility
Adopting enterprise mobility fully across your business brings with it some challenges. First and foremost, IT managers will likely be concerned about the implications of going mobile and of introducing a whole new set of variables and weaknesses into their security system.
For most businesses, the benefits of mobile working outweigh the costs, however. From improved productivity to heightened morale and communication across your business, device freedom and mobility has been shown to have positive effects, as we’ve previously covered here, but only if you can guarantee business as usual while remaining compliant with security procedures.
In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the biggest challenges associated with enterprise mobility and how you can overcome them.
The first hurdle for businesses on their path to mobility is putting the policies in place that will guide their business and IT staff in the future. Deciding early on when and where staff can use devices, what devices are acceptable and whether you’ll be allowing personal devices or not, is just as important as security policies, acceptable-usage policies and end-user agreements too – so think carefully at every step.
It’s important that these early plans meet your business’s needs and those of your staff too – allowing for a balance of mobility, flexibility and security that suits all parties.
One of the most important decisions for your mobile strategy will be what devices you allow – whether you issue devices for staff to use, allow personal devices that meet certain requirements, or just allow a free-for-all of different phones, tablets and computers.
Most likely you’ll land in the middle, providing work devices but also allowing a degree of freedom to use personal devices for work outside of the office. In that case, you will need to institute controls over platform or device type for security reasons – being able to roll-out security plans to every device, for example.
As we’ll discuss next, some platforms allow for access controls that will restrict the devices your staff can use if they want to access work platforms – a handy way to make sure unsecured devices don’t enter circulation.
Powerful and flexible management tools are needed for large businesses using a fleet of different devices. Mobile Device Management platforms typically provide a suite of tools that IT teams can use, from access controls to rights management and device security.
MDM allows easier control over large and ever-evolving mobile workforces, granting top-down control of permissions and system configurations that can quickly be rolled-out across the business and to new devices.
The right MDM platform will allow your team to keep pace with the fast-changing landscape they work in, saving time and money over traditional approaches. If you want to allow device freedom within your business while still remaining secure and compliant, picking the right platform at this stage is a must.
You can find an in-depth webinar replay including a full run-down of Microsoft’s EM+S platform here.
A final challenge for some businesses is maintaining all of the above – a secure, compliant environment – without harming the user experience for your staff. Even if you opt not to allow staff to use their own devices for work, it’s important to take their needs into consideration.
Staff that are frustrated with cumbersome security policies will often find ways to work around them, opening up security weaknesses like using third-party applications or unsecured storage. And while MDM tools can negate this, it’s often far better to plan for a good user experience from the start than try to react to how your staff are behaving.
For more on the risks of non-compliance, be sure to check out our guide to Unlocking the D.N.A of mobile security.