SMBs need to pay more attention to MDM

SMBs need to pay more attention to MDM

There is no doubting the fact that upgrading your company's approach to one that involves the use of mobile devices comes with a number of benefits, but the importance of a mobile device management (MDM) strategy should not be underestimated.

There is a common misconception that the securing of mobile devices is a challenge that only applies to larger companies, since they are seen as being more susceptible to attacks.

Many smaller firms may look at the most high-profile data attacks and somehow just assume that their businesses are immune from such risks, purely because their data is considered to be less valuable than that of a larger company.

Yet many small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are adopting measures such as bring-your-own device (BYOD), which have enabled members of staff to work while on the move.

Suzanne Trusdale, vice-president of small business for Telus Business Solutions, said: “BYOD has had a huge impact on the small business space especially. Overall more than 75 per cent of businesses — many of which are small businesses — support an employee device program. That’s expected to reach 90 per cent over the next two to three years.”

There is a temptation for smaller firms to overlook the need for securing devices, yet as recent high-profile cases have shown, the financial consequences of a data breach can be huge.

While larger businesses clearly have more to lose and may therefore be implicitly more at risk, they also have a much larger budget to adopt the latest and most sophisticated technologies, which smaller businesses can only dream of.

It is therefore important for smaller firms to do their research when it comes to finding the right MDM solution as there are plenty of options available on the market.

Not only do firms need a solution that is right for their commercial needs, they also need to have one that does not blow their budget.