Now that mobile devices have taken over the workplace, you need to consider the security of your business’s data more than ever before. You need to think about which devices access certain data, as well as what they do with that data. In particular, you need to make sure that only your employees can access corporate information, and there are several ways to do so.
Here are three features that you need for your next mobile device management solution, and why they’re important.
What would happen if your employees were on a business trip across the country, but lost their smartphone on a subway or plane? Chances are that you’ll probably never see that device again. If you encounter this problem, what happens to the data that’s stored on that device? Can you trust that whoever finds the device won’t sneak a peek at its contents? Absolutely not. This is why you need cloud-based remote wiping built into your mobile device management solution.
You’ll need the ability to remotely wipe your devices, especially in the event that you lose a device or have it get stolen on you. After all, you can never guarantee that the person who finds your phone will be a good Samaritan and return it to you. Granted, not everyone who finds your phone will be of a hacking variety, but you can never be certain, either. With remote wiping, you can clear any lost or stolen device so that you can know, with certainty, that your data won’t be compromised.
Whitelisting and Blacklisting Applications
The fact that your employees are using smartphones and tablets to access corporate information should be enough for you to think about how this data is accessed by applications. For example, you don’t want applications to access information that’s unnecessary for their performance. Furthermore, you need to be cautious of malware that is potentially distributed through the Google Play or iTunes store–especially for apps (like flashlights) that access information like contacts and text messages when they clearly don’t need to.
A mobile device management solution lets you address this issue by whitelisting and blacklisting apps, restricting the flow of data to only the applications that you trust to handle your information. Applications will only be allowed to access data that’s necessary for their function.
The cloud is a great asset for businesses of all shapes and sizes, and it’s logical to think that any organization which uses mobile devices can also take full advantage of the cloud’s many features. You want your cloud solution to allow for access to mission-critical data and applications, but to also distribute applications to those who need them.
Most importantly, you need to ensure that your mobile devices are all synced properly with the rest of your data. Your files could be edited by many users at the same time, so you need measures put into place to ensure that everyone is looking at the same version of the file. This means real-time cloud syncing should become a top priority.
To get started with a comprehensive mobile device management solution, reach out to ActiveCo today.