Mobility is not a fad; it is a cultural steamroller. Organizations are being thrust into this environment of rapidly evolving technology, sometimes unwittingly, often with little or no preparation. Therefore, it’s no surprise that a recent study conducted by Dell Data Security1 indicates that while approximately three-quarters of executives now recognize mobility as a priority, many organizations are struggling to incorporate it successfully among their teams. Furthermore, only one in four C-level leaders is well-informed about data security issues.
This identified gap between the need and desire for mobile programs and the ability to align security strategy with other business initiatives is one we encounter frequently with clients. In fact, our experiences in the field support another key finding from the study that approximately 65% of IT organizations are slowing down their efforts to mobilize the workforce because of such security concerns. Yet putting on the mobile breaks could then hinder your organization’s ability to compete in the marketplace. The question becomes: how can you find a happy medium between the productivity and employee engagement opportunities mobility affords and the security risks it presents?
That’s where a comprehensive mobile strategy centered on security AND productivity becomes key. To get started, you’ll need to first identify the specific challenges and opportunities mobility presents as they relate to your company’s goals. Then, you must find ways to ensure C-level involvement in the process, and implement and enforce mobile device usage policies in order to experience its effectiveness. After all, what good is a precise strategy without the resources and support (of both people and money) needed to properly execute it? From there, you can determine the right hardware and software tools to help you maximize your investment, engage your workforce and harness the power of mobility across departments.
If you have stakeholders paralyzed by the fear of mobility, consider sharing this insight about the perils of letting mobile opportunity pass you by
“So when companies opt out of creating sanctioned, secure mobility programs, they open themselves up to even greater risks. Even those that succeed at locking down data by removing workplace flexibility risk losing star employees. Your mobile philosophy has to match what your users will do; people shouldn’t be scared of mobile. They need to address it in the way it’s being used in their company.”
– Michael Kaiser, executive director, National Cyber Security Alliance
At TechOrchard, we specialize in the entire mobility policy/strategy paradigm. We’ve helped dozens of organizations determine how to make mobility work for them, and we’d be happy to do the same for you. Give us a call or shoot us an email for more information on how to get started.
1 “Data Security Trends: Shifting perceptions on data security.” Dell Data Security survey conducted November 2015. Available online here.