Mobile device management ‘a necessity’ over Christmas

Mobile device management ‘a necessity’ over Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner and for many businesses that means a week or two of downtime. For those not so lucky over the festive period, they will be required to do some work.

This often means picking up the smartphone or tablet and logging on to documents and emails through the cloud. While this will ensure that a business is productive over the Christmas period, it does pose some security issues and challenges.

Mobile device management is one way to deal with the security issues posed by staff working from home over the festive period, according to MSPmentor.

The tools can provide much better control over security and the devices on a company's network.

It allows businesses to keep their infrastructure as it is, but still be able to control what occurs on the network and help protect against data breaches from lost, stolen or devices that belong to former employees.

"MDM allows you to send the users an email or allow them to download the application on their devices," the company's website said. "No more handing out the pre-shared key that gets passed around to everyone and no more configuring devices for the IT staff. Device enrollment is as easy as loading an app."

Of course, there is no foolproof way of protecting data accessed via mobile devices away from the office, particularly near over the festive period, as some workers may be given the equipment as a gift and decide to log on. Therefore, it is important to make staff aware of the risks they could expose the company to be using devices that are not registered with the firm.

MaaS360 is one such tool, and allows businesses to manage their entire fleet of mobiles in just a few clicks. It supports all the major smartphone and tablet operating systems and provides easy-to-use management, reporting and analytics of all devices within an organisation.

Dynamic Mobile Exchange is used to manage devices that mix corporate data with personal data, giving businesses the option to wipe enterprise data without touching personal information.