Where is your mobile estate right now?
It has empowered enterprises who have embraced the evolution to mobile to completely transform their business processes, increase productivity and opened up new sales and communications channels with swathes of new and existing customers.
That’s why the global transition to mobile technology and the wholesale retirement of depreciated computer hardware has been surging at a rapid pace in recent years; enterprises have turned to managed mobile devices to work smarter and harder and in a more agile way in order to meet and keep up with customer expectation and demand.
Yet, many enterprises are not taking full advantage of business mobility opportunities. Remote users usually can access email, calendars, contact management and perhaps a few key services and applications but too often it remains on a laptop over the company VPN. While end users are keen to have mission-critical systems accessible wherever they are and from whatever device they are using, IT leaders can’t help but wonder what data and application security or compliance risks that might introduce if they are to truly go mobile first.
Mobile first organisations that require mobile solutions for field sales, customer care, office workers, project management and various other business functions now naturally need to focus their gaze on the security management of these mobile devices that will become the lynchpin of the operation. Whether smartphone or tablet, Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) or corporate-issued, there is a crucial decision that enterprises must make in order to comply with their own privacy and security policies in addition to their local laws and regulations.
Whether you have a fleet of tablets supporting your field sales, or you issue smartphones with dedicated VPNs and email apps to all your employees there are three common factors which influence the decision of whether or not to implement a managed device or unmanaged device approach.
The case for unmanaged devices is really no case at all. For small and medium size companies especially, where growth is the primary objective and investment funds are directed into projects that will expand the business, the outlay of investment into an operational management solution can seem hard to bear. This is why a cost/benefit analysis approach is required in order for enterprises to see the true value of the investment both in the short and long term. If your organisation is allowing employees to access and use company or customer data with nothing but a set of written security policies your devices are exposed to:
Managed devices in a mobile first organisation are protected to varying degrees from these risks depending on the solution chosen. A true managed device solution protects both the device and the data flowing through that device. This is why enterprise mobility management (EMM) has become the enterprise default in managed device strategy today since it operates a three tier approach to mobile management covering:
The resulting protection from these three tiers offers companies the following benefits:
Protection of devices and data from malware and malicious attacks.
To create a future where your organisation can confidently stride towards true enterprise mobility and become a mobile first organisation, you need a comprehensive enterprise mobility management solution from an expert and experienced provider who can leverage partnerships from the best solutions providers in the world.
Contact CWSI to find out where your mobile estate is right now and where it can be in the future.