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What is Key to an Effective Mobile Device Management (MDM) Strategy?

There are too many devices and applications flooding in the market by different businesses. These businesses need to transmit and access a huge amount of data every day 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 organizations to keep control of the various connected devices to avoid any possible security issue and improve 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, the 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 mobile devices. One of the popularly increasing approaches 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 minimum disruption to the employees.

Advantages of Mobile Device Management

Nowadays, Mobile Device Management tools are growing in number. By optimizing the mobile devices, security risks, and the support costs are lowered along with protecting 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 without any additional charges.

Whether it’s a company-owned or personal device, Mobile Device Management solutions can control and protect the data and configuration settings of any mobile device. With the arrival of MDM tools, it encourages more productivity by making the employees of an organization work any time and any place securely.

Some tips that have to be kept in mind while creating an 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 issues should be communicated with the employees from the beginning. Make sure the device has remote wiping capabilities and remote alert facilities if an unauthorized user tries to access 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 nowadays are very similar to desktops and notebooks regarding communication power, data storage and accessibility. MDM applications can be used to control these devices together and preventing the data to reach the wrong hand. Since there are too many devices in the market along with with a lot a greater number of applications, the MDM is becoming a mandatory addition to the IT infrastructure.

–  Ebin J Sebastian