Securing an enterprise’s mobile devices is becoming a challenge for the enterprise space. Mobile devices offer enterprises the flexibility to access data and applications using business or third-party networks. Each of the devices has its functions specified and defined access to data. Bringing all these new devices on the business network is a challenge, so a need for management solutions emerged.
Therefore, if your business is considering deploying any of the mobility management solutions, it needs to answer 9 questions before deploying one critically. The list of questions isn’t exhaustive but immersive so that businesses can develop various other aspects that merge after the question has been asked.
1. Mobility support for devices
Employees are accessing their data using their devices more often, so it’s a bigger challenge to decide which type of device will suit such requirements. Mobility management tools have evolved past the traditional Mobile Device Management (MDM) to address application, data, content, and even management issues. Enterprise needs different solutions drastically, if a business needs to go beyond simple mobile devices, and it would include IoT and other internet-connected devices. Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) will provide a better solution than investing in MDM.
2. Impacting the employees
Mobility security and management will set the employees to inculcate certain personal information. Mobility management solutions demand certain employees’ data being shared, as the management solution has access to data. A mobility solution demands a certain type of data being shared, such as what exactly the device is doing, its location, and what is stored on it. When it comes to any mobility solution, employees will be most concerned about their privacy associated with the data on the devices. Different dos and don’ts based on the devices. The benefits of increased mobility should balance out the concerns that employees might have with the solution.
3. Will the mobility solution need internal resources?
IT team leads the way when it comes to securing devices and data, even keeping the compliance needs and regulations in mind. Mobility management solutions should eliminate the concerns associated with security and management, making the evaluation easier and eliminate the burden with mobility. Internal resources might be required for the monitoring purpose, to watch over intruders.
Many mobility solutions providers add a rules and regulations section, and if an employee goes beyond them, it will pass a string of commands to inform the security team.
4.Managing compliance and risks
Managing compliance does require a certain level of authenticity other than the mobility management solution. The solutions are reactive, but they fail when we decide to practice on them to suit our requirements. To ensure compliance and policy integrity, businesses must invest in educating the end-users. Developing complete comprehensive solutions and maintaining policy integrity will improve the understanding of employees about the policies.
5. Mobility management
Each of the mobility management solutions offers something different, so a business needs to be aware of the different types of mobility needs as well as how employees are using their mobile devices. The mobility management solution provider needs to address enough requirements to improve security and management solutions. If your employees are using multiple diverse endpoints, finding a solution to Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) capabilities is one of the most critical aspects. The other aspects include data encryption, data management, data protection, and application management.
6. Integrating mobility solution management into my infrastructure
Implementation and inclusion of different types of mobility solutions into the enterprise infrastructure will need strategizing on the devices and network part. Implementation on a small scale can be hard enough for any type of business; this is why it’s important to truly understand that the mobility management solution will integrate into the current architecture and what would be the implementation process for the business before getting started. A company should look for mobility management solutions that are simple with requirements, distributed control, and usability suitable for your organization’s size and structure.
7. How is the user experience?
User experience can be a nuisance for any business; one of the reasons employees usually shift to mobile devices is they have a better user experience or if the given solution fails to satisfy the experience. If the experience fails, the employees will start dropping off from the business solution; productivity should be the criteria when you want to measure success for the mobility solution. Collaborating with IT and your employees to protect data without detracting the user privacy.
8. Flexibility in the mobility management architecture and solution
Every day you see different types of mobile devices entering the market, so your mobility management solution will need to deal with operating systems, device features, and capabilities for the enterprise market, thus making a choice can be difficult for your business. Implementing a scalable, adaptable, and flexible provider solution will be the biggest benefit. Investing in the right solution will solve problems as the new devices can be introduced and become part of the mixing. So a business will have a wider option before switching solutions may prove to a difficult process.
9. Mobile strategy for enterprise
Mobile management solutions will be the extra added tools into your business, with management and security a priority issue. Knowing what your business needs from the mobility solution to solve the inherent problems for business will assist in deciding the purchasing decision. You need to consider whether to approach the process to shop a single solution to cover everything or to look for the best solution for each mobility requirement and then integrate them with the system.
Implementing any mobility solution will need a strategy with business output that needs a setup and device along with the network to solve the data and application access issues. BYOD offers better options, but it does represent a robust mix of both personal and corporate data for IT to manage. Actions such as remote wiping or locking require undaunted access to mobile devices. To know more about mobility solutions, you can download our latest whitepapers on Mobility.