Mobile Device Management

Mobile Device Management

While current circumstances demand IT teams and security providers develop nuanced and far-reaching protocols to monitor these devices, mobile usage itself is not new, and there are capable means already in place through Mobile Device Management (MDM) that work to monitor, control and combat network breaches.

Mobile Device Management

The modern workplace is changing like never before. The global pandemic forced millions of employees to work from home or other remote locations. As a result, employees must access company networks from devices or other untrusted networks that may not meet the security standards necessary to keep data and privacy safe. Couple that with the rise in the number of employees that use their personal devices for work purposes and companies face new and significant threats to their environments.

While current circumstances demand IT teams and security providers develop nuanced and far-reaching protocols to monitor these devices, mobile usage itself is not new, and there are capable means already in place through Mobile Device Management (MDM) that work to monitor, control and combat network breaches.

MDM & How it Works

Mobile Device Management is a security service and software that defines a company’s official policies and permissions, as well as the specifics surrounding company-supplied smartphones, tablets and laptops. These controls can also be implemented on personally owned  devices used for company business. MDM allows security professionals and IT teams to control and monitor software applications installed and running on mobile devices by creating containers on the mobile devices for company-controlled business applications. MDM allows companies to implement strong technical safeguards to help secure the business. This practice protects the company’s confidential assets and applications and strives to avoid network disruptions and keep business moving forward. As security breaches continue to climb, and more employees work in a remote capacity, MDM is a critical component of a company’s overall cybersecurity strategy.

The ascendance of personal devices in the workplace is a driving factor behind the evolution of MDM. It stands to reason that when employees share more data across more devices and platforms – and do so using progressively sophisticated technology – security teams must keep pace and adapt. The bad news is that the threat of a breach in this dynamic environment is always present and changing.

MDM security advances lead to improved security overall. When employees are working remotely, company-owned files are often protected by encryption and require employees to submit passwords and pass two-factor authentication steps. If a company chooses to partner with a security service provider, they enjoy the added benefit of having 24x7x365 monitoring of their network. Constant surveillance of networks helps detect threats as they occur in real-time. If an attack occurs, it gives IT and security teams the resources and planning they need to contain malware and other malicious traffic. Such controls are integrated into a company’s IRR and lead to a greater sense of control and stability, both from the company and the user’s perspective.

Complicating the issue is fragmentation. Fragmentation occurs when employees use personal devices or companies issue various devices from multiple manufacturers. Each device manufacturer is different, and IT and security teams must take pains to ensure they all adhere to the network’s rules and restrictions. When companies rely on internal applications and workloads, the devices must be compatible and safe. This poses a challenge, but companies typically overcome it when they practice proper MDM.

Also inherent in MDM are federal compliance laws. These are vital to understand, recognize, and follow. It is incumbent on companies to ensure the mobile devices employees use and the networks they access remain in good standing with federal regulations. Companies that fail to comply face fines and penalties, not to mention significant reputational damage.

InfoSystems Can Help.

While there are myriad cybersecurity challenges to consider in today’s evolving work environments, implementing a proven and effective Mobile Device Management strategy can safeguard companies against network breaches. Establishing protocols for device usage, monitoring remote access of company-owned files and applications, and incorporating MDM into an Incident Remediation and Response plan reduce network vulnerabilities and deter attacks.

At InfoSystems, our Mobile Device Management experts provide comprehensive protection, make sure you stay in compliance with federal regulations, and help develop and enact a cybersecurity practice that suits your company’s needs and addresses its vulnerabilities.

The modern workplace environment has changed. This introduces new security threats and challenges to IT teams that are many times already overburdened. But by partnering with InfoSystems, mobile devices and networks stay protected, administrators control and monitor remote access, and business operations can move toward their goals with confidence.

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