What does 2013 hold for MDM?

What does 2013 hold for MDM?

The rapid rise of smartphones and tablets within the world of business, both in the workplace and on the move, has led to an increase in security concerns for many companies.

Mobile technology is the fastest-growing trend of the last few years, and more and more businesses are utilising the technology to get ahead of the game and their competitors.

Bring your own device (BYOD) is well and truly making an impact in today's working environment, with the majority of gadgets being used for enterprise purposes being personally owned, rather than provided by the company in question.

Allowing staff to access corporate information, which is often sensitive and confidential, via personal devices can be an issue for some firms, particularly as smartphones and tablets can be lost or stolen, putting contact, data and sensitive correspondence at risk.

This trend has led to the growth in importance of mobile device management (MDM): a tool that companies can use to monitor, manage and control the personal mobile devices being used by members of staff.

With so many vendors now delivering these solutions to business there is a great deal of competition in the market, which means that 2013 could see a host of advancements, innovations and changes within the industry.

According to Tom Kemp, writing for Forbes Magazine, "corporate IT needs the ability to locate, lock and/or wipe devices in 2013".

He also noted that companies will need to be able to "restrict what apps can be deployed on an employee's phone via whitelisting and blacklisting to improve employee productivity and minimise the risk of malware intruding into the corporate network".

Sandboxing corporate information and personal data on a device will be crucial in the coming 12 months as more and more members of staff utilise their own handsets and tablets within their daily work life.

This means that even if the device has no unlock passcode and no corresponding security policies, the area of the phone with business apps and documents cannot be accessed unless the appropriate combination is entered.

As well as these security measures, it also means that data can be partitioned, which often sits a lot better with workers, as they know that all of their information will not be deleted should the device be lost or stolen. This means that should the handset be returned, all personal contacts, photos and information will be left unharmed.

Dynamic Mobile Exchange from Excitor offers this service, as well as giving employees full secure access to the corporate mailbox, the ability to switch between private and professional use without compromising data.

DME also supports multiple device types, offering the same user experience across the board and remote wipe of some or all data should a smartphone or tablet be lost or stolen.

MaaS360 from Fiberlink is also another MDM tool that can be utilised by businesses, providing companies with the ability to configure and secure corporate and personal devices via an online portal.

The software also excels when it comes to monitoring mobile data usage, which has been increasing rapidly in recent months and years. MaaS360 Mobile Expense Management enables corporate wide expense policies to be implemented. It helps companies monitor data and mobile app usage in order to optimise their mobile expenditure and reduce out-of-bundle charges.