The numbers are undeniable, the majority of the world has gone online and it is adopting mobile devices at a breakneck speed. Business organizations can no longer afford to disregard mobility in the workplace. The employees of these organizations use Android phones, iPhones, and tablets. These devices are used not only for browsing but also to access corporate emails, documents, and various applications. Since many of them use android devices because they are cost-effective and affordable, it is important for companies to at least incorporate android device management. Android mobile management lets IT administrators of companies manage and protect Android devices that are used by employees for official work. In many organizations, especially in the post-pandemic scenario, employees are increasingly using their personal laptops at work, making data access and retention complicated.
Mobility brings many advantages to the workplace by increasing employee productivity as it allows employees to work from anywhere and at any time. However, with this increased productivity comes the risk of less security and more corporate responsibility which is where mobile device management (MDM) comes into play. There are two types of MDM, basic mobile device management and advanced mobile device management.
The three reasons why business organizations require MDM are:
MDM keeps the business data secure and ensures that companies maintain control over confidential information. When mobile devices are lost or stolen, MDM can remotely lock and delete all data. Remote locking and wiping capabilities allow companies to secure devices and data.
With MDM, business organizations have central control over their policies, applications, and additional functions. MDM can block access to websites and materials that are not secure. This protects corporate data and applications from the threat of malware and data breaches.
Containerization is an important feature in protecting corporate information for the mobile workforce. With containerization, corporate data and applications are separated from employee data. Also called “sandboxing”, this feature stops mobile-based attacks (via text or applications), malicious user activity, and even simple accidents which can lead to data breaches with regards to specific applications which contain sensitive corporate information.
MDM allows business organizations to allow Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) at the office and save on costs of purchasing devices for employees. Eliminating these huge costs from the business environment will decrease the operating costs and free funds for other important business spending.
Wiping and containerization capabilities minimize the adverse impacts of unsafe website visits and infected downloads. These security settings protect the company from the huge costs, inconvenience, and potential reputation loss resulting from malware and data breaches. Another advantage of MDM is that it lets business organizations track the mobile usage of employees. Tracking software notifies administrators and can also prevent costly behaviours like data and minute overages.
With a proper MDM plugged in, organizations also stand to save resources spent on IT as a lot of process which earlier required human intervention can be automated or can be controlled centrally.
With MDM in place, business organizations are better equipped to prevent undesirable conditions such as reporting data breaches, fines, penalties or unnecessary public announcements related to these incidents. MDM allows companies to avoid heavy penalties and potential business and loss of reputation with data wiping containerization.
Since MDM is managed centrally, it decreases the time and resources spent on IT administration. The software can install, update, and erase applications, policies, and settings from a single management dashboard. This makes it easier to provide consistent mobile experiences for employees, update security settings as and when required in employee devices, and erase access for devices that are no longer in use.
MDM provides asset management tracking so that business organizations can easily recognize which employee has which mobile device. The software allows the IT team to give updates and provide replacements when they are needed with regards to the workforce’s mobile devices. MDM’s central management and asset tracking feature greatly decreases the time and resources needed by IT departments to manage mobile devices.
When companies do not implement MDM, they put themselves at risk of corporate data breaches, which are likely to result in loss of client information, and damage to the corporate reputation, data losses due to malware attacks and more. MDM reduces the risk faced by the business organizations and offers cost savings and efficiencies.
MDM is required in today’s fast-changing work environment as remote work is being encouraged more and more. MDM allows business organizations to let their employees use their personal devices for work while at the same time they can monitor them and restrict them from logging into unauthorized websites or accessing suspicious apps which can lead to data breaches and malware attacks that might harm the reputation of company.