Mobile Device Management is Challenging in Today’s Remote Work Environment
As you might expect, the remote circumstances that many business professionals have found themselves in as of late have created challenges that must be overcome, especially in regards to the access and dissemination of data to mobile devices. Let’s examine the mobile device’s role in the modern business and how you can ensure these great tools are being used properly for your organization.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
On top of the many challenges that mobile devices bring to the table, chief among them is the concept of Bring Your Own Device. While some organizations might provide mobile devices to their employees for work-related purposes, others opt to save the capital by allowing their employees to use their personal devices for work. While this can be an effective way to cut costs, it comes with its fair share of difficulties, such as security. When you have so many employees using their personal devices for work, connecting to the network, and accessing data, you can see how BYOD can quickly start to complicate things. This is why you need to enact a policy to govern how your employees use these mobile devices in relation to the workplace.
Think of your BYOD policy as an umbrella that encompasses all mobile devices used by your organization’s workforce. If an employee wants to use their own personal devices for work-related purposes, they must adhere to the BYOD policy.
Implement Mobile Device Management
While BYOD is more of a policy that must be carefully outlined and explained to your employees, mobile device management is more of a tool or solution that you implement to reinforce such a policy. Mobile device management can give your business a tool to track its mobile devices and ensure that they are being used in ways that are consistent with your BYOD policy. Some examples of features that a mobile device management tool might include are:
- Whitelisting/blacklisting mobile applications
- Remote wiping of lost or stolen devices
- Access controls for accounts
- Multi-factor authentication
- Device location services
- And more!
Directive can work with your business and help it implement the perfect mobile device management solution that suits its needs. This determination is made after a comprehensive network assessment which includes mobile devices with access to your network. Once we know the scope and breadth of your infrastructure, the rest is easy!
To learn more about how we can help your business wrestle its mobile device challenges, reach out to us at 607.433.2200.
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