Mobile device management (MDM) software lets organizations control and secure access to smartphones and tablets, deliver email, calendar and contacts to smartphones and tablets; securely manage data on mobile devices; and provide a conduit for virtual private network (VPN) connections and Remote Desktop Services.
The main purposes of MDM are to:
- allow mobile devices on the corporate infrastructure
- encourage more productivity by empowering employees to work anytime and anyplace
- deliver email, calendar and contacts to smartphones and tablets
- securely manage data on mobile devices
- provide a conduit for virtual private network (VPN) connections and Remote Desktop Services
The number of headline-grabbing data security breaches has grown in recent years. Many of these disasters in the past year were the result of the loss or security breach of mobile devices. As a result, IT managers need to find ways to securely manage these devices more than ever before. The average employee has come to expect a Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) culture in their company, but the BYOD movement still represents a significant attack vector to corporate security. IT managers must find ways to facilitate the use of personal devices while also keeping work and personal data both separate and secure.
Despite the numerous positive and useful features, some companies don’t invest in mobile device management software because it is costly. Large companies could spend a million dollars or more on a cloud-based MDM service, or to have an MDM system installed on a server. Businesses should do a financial analysis of whether a breach would cost more than the total price of an MDM system. Many companies don’t understand the cost of the kind of breach that may happen with employee-owned mobile devices, however. It’s also important to fully grasp the amount of productivity that workers gain when companies securely enable mobile device use.
But the bottom line is that mobile device management software is necessary in the here and now for companies that want to encourage more productivity and provide an appropriate level of security
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