Enterprises of all sizes are embracing the technological transformation inventing new mechanization to implement security policies. The policies are meant to minimize the security risk as new devices, networks or infrastructures are being deployed within the enterprise operational flow. The Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) is one such policy or solution that’s been deployed by the enterprises to provide alternative devices option to the workforce. Sustainability and security are the two main concerns that surround the current EMM solutions.
The resilience in the work environment is the requirement of the workforce that spend loads of hours on traveling and maintaining hectic work-life-balance. Many of the employees that use mobile devices to connect with enterprise network use their own carrier network making the total network vulnerable to attack. The lack of visibility about the devices can lead to situations that make the enterprise network susceptible to attacks.
Enterprises, however, need to see things differently if they want to transform the current pool of devices that’s been used by their workforce. Each of the devices can act as a sensor and the enterprise can leverage the information. It’s not just mitigating the risks but employing different techniques to maximize the performance, control cost and improve the user experience.
VISIBILITY TO IMPROVE THE SECURITY
A recent survey of the enterprises that use mobile devices to engage with business network revealed that 63 percent of them are unsure about the devices after they leave the company firewall. Employees are accustomed to using personal service providers or public Wi-Fi systems to support the devices. If the enterprises cannot monitor the employee’s network it will be ineffective to protect the device from mobile security threats. Real-time data info is needed to protect users from threats and prevent access to unsafe data types.
VPN or Virtual Private Network used by enterprises or individuals to securely tunnel the network between devices. This saves the device and network from snooping and censorship. But the majority of the enterprises have made VPN an optional for the devices, almost 70 percent.
Any type of enterprise breach mainly occurs due to the direct results of the action from the users of mobile devices. Not running a regular software update to unsecured links that install malicious software on the system are the entry points for the threats to arrive.
Visibility not only affects the security of the device but also affects the other devices and all the employees that are using the network. The lack of visibility is also impacting the productivity of the total operation cycle and customer service because an enterprise never knows about the real-time resource requirement.
Visibility will help in improving the devices health as the necessary services can be provided as the need arises. The gap between the visibility of the device working on the different network depends on enterprise and the usage of the device. Enterprises can maintain the employee privacy by distinct notifications to share or unshared the real-time visibility.
Mobile data is never available in one place that can be used to analyze the information of the network. The data is usually scattered around in the different applications or servers that need to be assembled. Mobile Device Management (MDM) is a solution for the enterprises that can collect valuable user information with detailed location service and app management. Device information will create a detailed scenario to help the enterprises reduce the security threats.
Operational Intelligence can be the ideal tool for the enterprises that can be used as an analytics platform along with providing business intelligence for different business operations. Operational Intelligence uses data from feeds and also an event to deliver the analytic results.
Many enterprises are also adopting the technique of information management from the firewall that includes the logs and proxy data. The data from such sources cannot be correlated and it will lead to data discrepancy between the Wi-Fi and cellular network.
Not all the Enterprises can agree that they need visibility of the devices for better Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) but here are some points to consider before making a decision,
- Network Issues: Most of the enterprises for their operational needs demand their devices support the third party network. But if an issue arises can your IT expert quickly find the source of the third party issues. (Without Visibility)
- IT support remotely: Most of the operation team demand that the devices should support the remote access with IT teams for troubleshooting purposes. The ability to configuring the devices remotely will help the enterprises improve the agility. (Can this happen without real-time visibility)
- Security policies: Performance and security are two key issues that will derive the policies. Security should be based on the requirements of the device user and each policy should mind challenges that occur. (Can the policies be implemented without visibility)
IDC estimates that the worldwide mobility spends will increase to $1.72 Trillion in 2021. This will depend on the majorly of the performance and security of the devices. Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solutions will be performance critical to meet the operational needs; security will depend on the device network and functions. To know more about Enterprise Mobility you can download our whitepapers.