Small Business Mobile Security And MDM
In the present age of enterprise mobility, small and midsize businesses (SMBs) are fast adopting of mobility solutions and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programs. According to industry reports, up to 80% of SMBs allow use of mobile devices at work. Small businesses are constantly pursuing tools and methods that reduce costs and improve productivity. And when it comes to managing mobile device security, SMBs often appear lost with the large amount of confusing information online. Due to lack of time and resources, many small businesses don’t employ mobile security protection, which causes significant risk in allowing BYOD devices to connect with the corporate network.
Enterprise mobility solutions offered on an affordable subscription basis alleviate these concerns by empowering business organizations with advanced MDM capabilities at the lowest CapEx and OpEx.
The following key mobile security management features ensure superior device management and security for SMB organizations:
Enable Password Protection
Consider a password strategy that includes a strong password and regular change frequency. This is required for both company-owned and BYOD devices. Without a strong password, devices are physically accessible to any malicious actor with the right tools and information to break into the corporate network. Employees can lose their mobile devices anywhere and give away valuable business information in the form of business emails and customer data.
Anti-theft & Data Leakage Prevention Policy
If a device is reported lost or stolen, employees must report the loss to IT departments immediately. IT should utilize mdm solutions to locate the device remotely, lock it and delete the data to prevent malicious actors from accessing the company’s network. In the case of BYOD, IT must delete all installed business apps from the device including emails, stored passwords, and other applications in devices that are no longer in corporate use. When devices are transferred from one employee to another, IT Administrators should wipe the device and ensure it does not retain access to any corporate data such as emails, documents, etc.
Lock-down Device Features and Restrict Apps
Network and IT Administrators should prevent users from downloading apps that open the doors to security infringements or adversely affect workforce productivity. This improves security, employee productivity and battery efficiency for work-related mobility operations. Restriction policies also allow organizations to turn off Camera, Touch ID, Safari internet browser and a host of apps that are unnecessary for office work. IT can define an app whitelist so that only approved apps can be run on the device. KIOSK mode is available in cases where only a small number of apps or functionality is needed, such as a tablet being used for event registration.
WiFi, Email and VPN Configurations
WiFi settings and Email & VPN profiles can be remotely pushed to controlled devices using mobile device management software. This adds an insurance and network level protection for such applications and gives better control over device security. When an employee is terminated, IT can remotely uninstall the mobile device management (MDM) component from the device to wipe out the organization-specific WiFi, and VPN profile, leaving personal apps and data.
App Deployment and Management
Using mobile device management (MDM) software, apps can be remotely and silently installed or uninstalled silently, eliminating the need for physical access to the device. In the Apple iOS9 mobile operating system, administrators can purchase iOS apps in volume and remotely push to multiple devices in the field at once. In addition, the IT Administrators can also define apps that are whitelisted and blacklisted at the workplace.
Reporting and Advanced Features
Periodic reports on installed apps and device inventory is useful when visibility is needed and allows IT Administrators to organize device data and apps for productive enterprise mobility. Advanced mobile device management features enable automated detection of rooted/jailbroken devices, push notifications functionality, and geofencing, location and time-based functionality.
Cloud adoption for the SMB is sky rocketing and SMBs must ride the wave of the promising enterprise technology trend to maximize workforce productivity. SMBs that can innovate and adopt technology are more likely to achieve competitive differentiation against their larger counterparts simply with effective technology management. Codeproof Technologies helps small businesses to embrace enterprise-grade mobility solutions with an easy-to-use, intuitive and affordable software.