There are too many devices and applications flooding in the market for different businesses. These businesses neeed to trasmit and access huge amount of data everyday across multiple devices. With the advancement in device technology, we have to make sure that the data transmitted and accessed do not fall into wrong hands. In order to overcome this fear, most of the companies are using a Mobile Device Management software that helps to keep the data under vigilance. So, in general, Mobile device Management helps to keep control of the various devices connected in an organization for various security reasons and for better productivity.
Mobile Device Management software are tools that are used for deploying, monitoring, securing and managing the smartphones, tablets and laptops in the workplace that are involved in the distribution of application data and configuration settings.
With the advent of this tool, main authority of an organization has now complete control over the devices that are connected to the network.
Mobile Device Management applications are either implemented as in-house deployed and managed applications or externally deployed via “SaaS” (cloud-based) or online hosted models. Some of the Mobile Device Management tools are carrier specific. Carrier hosted MDM application control only devices offered by the carrier. Most of them are Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) versions of MDM applications that are modified with specific carrier features. In general the main aim of MDM is to optimize the functionality and security of the mobile devices. One of the popularly increasing approach in MDM is the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) approach which allows the employees to bring mobile devices of their choice with access to internal networks. These devices are remotely managed with a minimum disruption to the employees.
Advantages of Mobile Device Management
Now a days, Mobile Device Management tools are growing in number. By optimizing the mobile devices, the business security risks and the support costs are lowered for protecing the data and the configuration settings. With the help of an efficient Mobile device management tool, users can trace the connected devices and can send messages to different devices simultaneously with out any additional charges. Whether its a company owned or personal device, Mobile Device Managemant solutions can control and protect the data and configuration settings for any mobile device. With the arrival of MDM tools, it encourages more productivity by making the employees of an organization to work any time and any place securely.
Some tips that has to be kept in mind while creating a MDM strategy.
- Always make sure what device the workers use, whether it’s a corporate issued device or bring your own devices(BYOD) issued by the company.
- Make sure the chosen device can handle the security level as per your business requirement.
- Device usage policies and Security related isssues should be communicated with the employees from the beginning. Make sure the device has remote wiping capablities and remote alert facilities if unauthorized user try to acces the device.
- Always give the employee clear information about what applications is permissible on the employee device.
- Implement strong passwords to keep the data safe.
Smartphones and mobile devices are now a days similar to desktops and Notebooks regarding the communication power, data storage and accessiblity. MDM applications can be used to control these devices togther and preventing the data to reach the wrong hand. Since there are too many devices in the market along with a lot more number of applications, the MDM is becoming a mandatory addition to the IT infrastructure.