Mobile Device Security MeasuresWhat measures are you taking to address the bring your own device (BYOD) trend? Narrowing support down to specific devices may be a tempting approach. Some CIOs are saying "no" all together. As easy as each of these sound, they may be eliminated as options for CIOs moving forward. This assertion comes from a recent report by IDG News Service, highlighting a panel discussion that took place at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The panel fervently discussed BYOD and affirmed the critical role that mobile device management (MDM) has had in assisting IT and the enterprise as a whole.
"IT departments can either support [the BYOD trend] or be a receiver of the fallout," said Rob Stefanic, CIO of Sensata TechnologyAccording to Stefanic, Sensata didn't completely understand the consequences of employees connecting to the network with mobile devices when the company adopted a cloud-based platform in 2007. The current goal for IT is to reduce the impact of security breaches without limiting employee access to company data.
A Roadmap for Implementing Mobile Device ManagementAs IT professionals consider MDM solutions, there are a few steps that can be taken during the planning stage that can ease the implementation process. MDM: Your Guide to the Essentials and Beyond lays these out and expands on basic MDM principles for more in-depth guidance. If you are looking for the best approach towards iOS device management or Android security, this is worth a look.
Features are just as important. IT managers should ensure their MDM solution meets the demands of their corporate environment by doing a direct comparison between the solution's features and IT's security and compliance requirements. It is recommended they consider applicable business policies as well.
Similarly, a recent article by Network Computing laid out their recommendations for first steps. The first point this article discussed was the need to develop a funding scheme for MDM. When a large number of devices need to be managed the cost of a solution for all of the devices needs to be worked out before choosing an MDM product to ensure it won't take too much away from the IT budget. While there is a large variety of devices available—and the market is still growing—IT managers can adopt versatile and scalable solutions to meet current and future network demands.
It can be difficult to account for both current and future demands, which gives the CIOs and IT administrators with adaptable solutions a definitive edge. MaaS360 addresses the issues of cost and adaptability by offering management tools and ongoing support for the wide range of personal devices that connect to the network.
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