Today, businesses are becoming aware of the mushrooming Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend. There is an increasing need to secure mobile devices to help protect the corporate ecosystem. Fortunately, Mobile Device Management (MDM) offers a way safe way through this modern day challenge through a cost-effective and easy-to-manage solution.
What is Mobile Device Management?
Mobile device management (MDM) is an administration of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. It is implemented with the deployment of a third party product that has management features for particular vendors of mobile devices.
Productive and secured work environment
It is a mechanism to ensure that a company’s employees do not breach corporate policies. It deals with data segregation, securing emails and documents on the device and enforcing corporate policies.
How does MDM function?
An MDM solution includes a server component, which sends out management commands to mobile devices and a client component, which runs on the handset and receives the management commands.
Cost effective and risk free work environment
By protecting data and configuration settings for all mobile devices in corporate network, MDM can reduce support costs and business risks. The focus of MDM is to optimize the functionality and security of a mobile communications network while minimizing cost and downtime.
The device management software ensures that end-users benefit from plug and play data services for whatever device they are carrying. It automatically detects devices in the network and sends them settings for immediate and continued usability. The process is fully automated and also allows for a history of used devices.
Salient features of MDM
MDM products allow enterprises to integrate their existing email setup easily with mobile devices. Almost all MDM products support easy integration with Exchange Server, Office365, Lotus Notes, and Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) etc.
Using a secure browser can avoid many potential security threats. Most MDM solutions have a built-in custom browser. The company’s administrator can disable native browsers and ensure enhanced security by helping employees understand the value of a secure browser.
Personal Policy: enforced according to corporate internal policiesDevice platform specific: policies for advanced management of Android, IOS, Windows and Blackberry devices
Pre-defined Wi-Fi and hotspot settings
Remotely wiping of corporate or entire device data
Remote locking of lost, stolen or misplaced devices
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MDM is slowly proving to be an essential insurance measure as companies are struggling to deal with the omnipresence of mobile devices amongst their workforce. With MDM, enterprises can accept devices into their corporate ecosystem without worrying about their data security and network breaches, necessitating the need for this service.