As technology evolves, so do the risks the companies face when implementing new solutions.
USDA solicits MDM technology
As technology evolves, so do the risks the companies face when implementing new solutions. However, it is important not to let the potential of new risks prevent organizations from leveraging new trends and technological advancements. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently highlighted the importance of mobile technology in a solicitation for a robust mobile device management (MDM) solution.
According to the USDA's solicitation, the agency has recognized the importance of rapidly adopting new technologies and devices. However, it has also recognized the need for a centralized management solution that can provide control over a wide range of devices.
"In this rapidly changing environment, USDA IT must create an environment that is secure, reliable, scalable, and enables users at the intersection of mobility and [cloud] services," the solicitation stated.
Choosing a mobile device management solution
• Integration: Analyze existing IT infrastructure to ensure an MDM solution will integrate with it easily.
Mobile application management policy
According to the article, an effective MAM policy clearly identifies approved sources of applications and is flexible enough to account for new threats. Business leaders must not only stay aware of new malware, but also provide education for their employees to ensure they don't inadvertently compromise corporate data. MAM software can act as an additional layer of security by blacklisting applications that have been identified as harmful. On the contrary, whitelisting, or approving specific apps, keeps harmful data from penetrating the enterprise network.
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