Disaster happens when it comes to Technology. Protecting data is necessary before you become a victim of device theft.
One of our clients had lost his device while he was travelling to the USA. He was very upset as his device was lost along with all his important business data.
By 2018, 70% of workers will be using personal smart devices at work, predicted by Gartner.
Whenever you lose your device, you feel helpless with the sheer terror of thinking that you might have lost all your contacts, photos, client’s data – everything related to professional and personal life.
The good news is you can take precautions against unwanted situations. There are uncountable number of mobile applications, protecting data and can even help to retrieve it, if your business-cum-personal device had been stolen, or lost.
“BYOD does increase risks and changes expectations for CIOs (Chief Information Officers). Unsurprisingly, security is the top concern for BYOD. The risk of data leakage on mobile platforms is particularly acute. Some mobile devices are designed to share data in the cloud and have no general purpose file system for applications to share, increasing the potential for data to be easily duplicated between applications and moved between applications and the cloud.”
Related: Going from BYOD to WYOD
Devices that are used by employees have an essential level of security. The high-authority of businesses, i.e. IT managers and CIOs have to look at how their current security policies can be modified to maintain high levels of data security with BYOD.
Mobile Application Management (MAM) – The best Solution to control the data in a mobile environment.
MAM is one of the most adopted strategies that connects with the enterprise app development stores. It’s main aim to concentrate on enterprise resources on managing a business, its data by taking the application in control. On another side, the application can also access the data while employees being in control of devices they have.
MAM enables a business to order encryption, set and enforce role-based policies for apps, including how they store and share documents and even remove data and prevent access to apps when an employee leaves the company.
Ensure that sensitive data never leaves your CRM apps without preventing employees from playing Candy Crush on their own devices during their own time.
Whether to manage or not to manage – when it comes to BYOD, this is the first thing every enterprise ask.
This question seems to be critical, as the degree to which an enterprise is connected in managing different factors of user-owned mobile devices has significances.
For e.g.: A predicted advantage of implementing BYOD is no longer having to fully manage employees’ mobile devices. Contrary, support costs are hopefully reduced.
Additionally, fully managing user-owned devices results in interfering on the personal use of those devices that goes beyond the corporate data and resources on them. Such might have device-level authentication and encryption policies with a complete device remote locking or wiping user’s’ personal content.
It is fact that a BYOD program loses its charm when adequate access to such apps and corporate resources are not provided to them. Here, businesses have to take considerations about where the apps and resources will be hosted and how the company will make sure that only the proper resources for each user based on the particular requirements and permissions are made accessible to them.
Now, a million-dollar question arise.
Giving access to business-related apps and corporate resources to BYOD is the only first part of the equation. Here, the real issue is to maintain the security of those resources and data without delaying users experience with their personal devices.
|BlackBerry||DELL||Space-O Technologies||IBM||Microsoft Technologies|
|DEPLOYMENT & LICENSING:||YES/NO||YES/NO||YES/NO||YES/NO||YES/NO|
|On-premises||In Market Preview||In Market Preview||Yes||Yes||Hybird|
|Perpetual Licensing||Yes (inc. w/base license)||NO||Yes||Yes
|Recurring Licensing||Yes (inc. w/base license)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|COMPATIBILITY:||SUPPORTED VERSIONS & APIs||SUPPORTED VERSIONS & APIs||SUPPORTED VERSIONS & APIs||SUPPORTED VERSIONS & APIs||SUPPORTED VERSIONS & APIs|
|Android||2.3+||Yes||2.3+||Yes||Yes, OMA-DM, EAS and SAFE|
|Windows Phone||NO (WP 8.0 for BES 12)||NO||WP 8+||Yes||OMA-DM|
|MAC OSX||NO||Yes||OSX 10.6+||Yes||Yes, via System Center Config Mgr|
|Other||NO||None||–||Windows XP, 7, 8||N/A|
|Apple App Store||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Microsoft App Store||No (Planned for BES 12)||No||Yes||Yes||Yes, Windows Store and Windows Phone Store|
|Google Play App Store||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|SDK||NO||NO||Yes||Yes||Yes, via System Center Config Mgr|
|Enterprise App Store||Yes||Yes, app distribution OS dependent||Yes
|App whitelisting / blacklisting||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Disable copy / paste in apps||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Disable copy / paste in email||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|App inventory tracking||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|App compliance tracking||Yes||Yes, OS dependent||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|app version management||Yes||Yes, OS dependent||Yes, OS dependent||Yes||Yes|
|App config mgmt||Yes||Yes, OS dependent||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|User & grp access control||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|App-specific VPN or Micro VPN||NO||Yes, OS dependent||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Maximum Offline Hours||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Required Enterprise Logon||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Erase App Data on Lock||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Self-service app store||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Multi-language support||Yes(mobile client)||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|MANAGEMENT / REPORTING:||YES/NO||YES/NO||YES/NO||YES/NO||YES/NO|
|Web-based admin console||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|App-level analytics||No||Yes, OS dependent||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|App performance monitoring||NO||NO||Yes||NO||NO|
|Reporting & tracking||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
The use of tablets, smartphones and phablets are going to increase gradually and thus, it creates more pressure on IT to implement a workable BYOD strategy. That means IT must adopt mobile app development tools to BYOD strategic vision into an effective reality.
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