The effect of geofencing on mobile device management

The effect of geofencing on mobile device management

Security has become one of the most prominent issues facing businesses up and down the UK, with many enterprises keen to explore ways in which to gain a greater grasp on the security of their data and sensitive information.

The importance of this topic has surged over the course of the last few years, particularly given the emergence of new mobile working trends, such as bring your own device (BYOD).

With more data being spread over mobile devices, there has always been a worry that information has arguably never been more vulnerable, giving rise to the importance of mobile device management (MDM) platforms.

Companies making use of MDM strategies are already seeing improvements in terms of their vulnerability to data leaks and breaches, but there could now be an added layer of protection.

Experts have suggested that geofencing could help companies in their data security efforts, allowing IT administrators to set geographic boundaries that can be used to indicate secret areas and subsequently give MDM clients increased control over employee devices, without any unnecessary effect on their privacy outside of the office.

In an article for BSM Info, analyst Christine Kerr claims geofencing could also be a potent method of protecting documents, citing the example of the securing of patient records and information.   

Geolocation technology can, Kerr argues, keep records inside the walls of the hospital and their own homes, or any other location that is deemed to be secure.

However, she has also warned there are still some potential weaknesses with using this system, most notably the fact that the GPS lock can be spoofed and tampered with.

That problem will undoubtedly need to be addressed if geofencing is to become a widely used concept among companies, many of which have been aware of the technique for a few years and will be keeping a keen eye on its development.