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December 18, 2012
Improve Security with Mobile Device Management
By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor
One would assume that new consumers tend to be the more highly educated demographic. A recent Pew (News - Alert) study confirms this, and also finds that the younger generation is nearly all but abandoning their use of print news. These users are opting instead for news gathered from their mobile devices. The study also shows that it is men that are gathering their news from mobile devices on a more frequent basis than women.
The results of the report can be used to address the various demographics regarding security in mobile device management. If we know that older, well-educated men are bigger consumers of news and that the younger male will gather their news from their mobile device, what other information can be gathered to shore up security? Privacy issues and the lengths to which mobile security management engineers can go in profiling users could make this difficult to pursue.
According to this MSP Mentor report, more and more mobile device management teams are looking more at what the user is doing to help them devise a road map. What does a user’s Internet history tell us about how we approach mobile device management? Are they visiting high-risk sites? What applications are being downloaded? Do they also bring risk into the equation?
MobileIron, a company focused on bringing solutions to mobile devices and mobile device management, has developed a new paradigm for mobile device management. The company knows that as more workers bring their own devices to work, there is a higher rate of risk which brings with it more costs.
With MobileIron’s advanced mobile device management platform, which is built for iOS and Android (News - Alert), users can address their high mobile support costs, tackle mobile security issues, protect themselves from international roaming costs, and add extra layers of security to the employee-owned smart phones and tablet computers.
The company’s mobile device security package allows users to gain access to a smartphone management platform that is easy to install and has features including encryption policy, password enforcement, remote lock and wipe for lost or stolen phones, certificate distribution, application inventory, distribution and blacklist, and a lost phone recovery feature that will locate the phone on a map.
The portfolio also allows companies to bring their corporate and personal devices under one centralized IT management umbrella. Companies that use MobileIron’s mobile device management suite are not only ramping up security but lowering costs and contributing to a healthier bottom line.
In a world where mobility is key to productivity, mobile device management is a necessary investment to protect the network, as well as the user. After all, even normal use can increase risk without knowledge. Keeping a few eyes on activity with proactive measures can only lead to positive results.
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Edited by Jamie Epstein