Your enterprise is like a functioning human body. Like any human being, corporations get introduced to some things they’re just not ready for. The body can react adversely to a new medication. Doctors prescribe other medications to counter the side effects. You can do the same for your enterprise when lifting the curtain on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) – a phenomenon that occurs when an employee brings his or her own device to and from work.
The medication that gets rid of side effects of BYOD is called mobile device management (MDM), and it’s a proper way to comply to regulations that require utmost security in the corporate environment. Mobile device management opens the doors for you to be able to provision and deprovision material from within your IT infrastructure as you see fit and guard the information from apps that employees could have installed that do not comply with regulations you must adhere to. Non-compliant applications will be blocked from interacting with sensitive company data.
If devices get in the wrong hands after they leave your establishment, you can easily remove all the data within them that pertains to your company remotely, providing you with a very rock-solid contingency plan. Here are two services that offer mobile device management:
- Zenprise MobileManager - Zenprise pretty much does it all. It allows you to lock in all the sensitive data on your employees’ tablets while keeping their own data intact. Non-compliant apps are kept at bay and you get your work cut out for you. Tracking is also easy through their software, allowing you to see where the devices are remotely. Once you determine that a device isn’t where it should be, or an employee reports that the device has been stolen or lost, you can remotely remove all your company’s data from that device.
- FiberLink MaaS360 – This set of software offers a very similar product that Zenprise gives you, but comes at a lower price point. MaaS360 prides itself with the inclusion of support for several different mobile operating systems, including the big three: iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. It also has support for other operating systems like BlackBerry and Symbian. With this wide range of support, it doesn’t matter what your employees bring to work. You’ll be able to control what goes in and out of their mobile devices.
Choosing which MDM provider to go with is easy. Both of the services listed here provide you with free trial access to their online applications and allow you to learn the ropes in each of their solutions so that you can make up your mind on which one takes home your trophe. Just make sure you choose one and don’t allow employees to walk around with your sensitive data unprotected on their devices!