Even before the coronavirus pandemic, it was becoming more and more common for employers to manage mobile devices. Now that many companies are steeped in remote work, the trend is unlikely to reverse.
What often holds employers back from fully embracing mobile device management (MDM) — and more comprehensively, unified endpoint management (UEM) — is security concerns. Though there absolutely are steps that need to be taken to ensure security of both company and employee data available through and accessed on mobile devices, this shouldn’t prevent companies from deploying a mobile-focused strategy to increase worker productivity and job satisfaction.
I’ve outlined five myths that may be unnecessarily holding companies back and how your business can move forward safely and securely.
Myth: Mobile device security can’t be centralized.
Thanks to developments in mobile security solutions, managing your mobile device security can be done from one platform. UEM vendors provide software that lets IT administrators deliver security updates and mandates to all the devices in their fleet, regardless of location. Through over-the-air (OTA) and wireless transmissions, companies can unify device management and deliver critical security provisions from a single solution.
Myth: Employees are solely responsible for keeping the devices they use secure.
Mobile security isn’t a responsibility that should be passed from one person/team to another. Security is a collaborative process and involves both your administrators and the employees entrusted to use your devices. While training your employees on proper mobile security is important, your enterprise also needs to take its own measures to ensure its devices are operating securely — such as through a VMware Workspace ONE UEM.
Myth: Mobile security solutions are invasive to employee privacy.
Most mobility management software works by installing agents on employee devices that allow the software to communicate with devices. Some believe that these agents allow employers to spy on their employees’ mobile devices and invade their privacy, but this isn’t true. Mobile security platforms allow administrators to provision security mandates to devices, but otherwise, they are unable to examine or meddle with employee data.
Myth: My devices won’t be as secure when employees take them home.
This is a myth that has propagated recently thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced companies to examine whether or not it’s safe to allow its devices to be used outside the office full-time. With the advantages that UEM solutions bring, device security can be maintained no matter where the device is. As long as your employees understand the risks of out-of-office device usage (such as public Wi-Fi connections), your devices will be as secure as they would be in your building.
Myth: I can’t do anything if a mobile device is lost/stolen.
A lost or stolen device can be a major security problem — if your company doesn’t take steps to proactively prevent them from turning into a risk. Lost or stolen devices should always be reported in a timely fashion, so make it clear what the steps are for informing the company of an incident. Workspace ONE comes with remote device locking and wiping features so your company can remove sensitive data from missing devices in a snap.
Tech Orchard has the experience your business needs to deploy Workspace ONE and modern management of all your company’s devices. Additionally, we can help you craft mobile device usage policies (MDUP) to address these concerns and more with your employees. Reach out to email@example.com to start the conversation today.
Phil Poje | CEO, Tech Orchard
A serial entrepreneur with more than 30 years of executive leadership and ownership experience, Phil has a unique understanding of the challenges that exist within the rapidly growing technology sector. Contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss innovative ways for overcoming those challenges and propelling your organization to new levels of success.