The ability for an organization to manage its devices in a central portal isn’t a new concept. Since the dawn of enterprise computing, there have been ways to deploy, manage, and update devices centrally. But as the years have passed, what that looks like has certainly evolved. Today, that market is known as “mobile device management” or MDM for short. Even for non-mobile devices, device management is essential to a current security policy.
Devices — as well as the ways in which we use them — have changed dramatically over the years. Employees expect to access email, documents, and other company resources on all of their devices. Before the hybrid work environment, employees who traveled much of the time needed to access company resources from multiple locations, as well as from networks the company didn’t manage.
These factors led to an intersection of change in the work environment: Devices can do more than ever, and security threats are as prevalent as ever. An MDM solution allows companies to navigate these waters to ensure productivity, security, and compliance.
What can an MDM do?
Mobile device management technology varies across PC, Mac, iOS, and Android, but thankfully, there are solutions on the market that enable companies to manage all devices in a single solution. Apple, Microsoft, and Google have developed APIs and technologies that facilitate MDM vendors natively managing and securing devices. In addition, these native management APIs allow for a predictable management policy, even with continual software updates.
MDM solutions also allow companies to ensure a seamless set of policies and password requirements on all their devices. Do you need to delay a recent software update on a Mac or PC due to compatibility issues? MDM does that. Do you need to force a specific password length on your company mobile devices? MDM does that. Have you built a custom application for your company’s iPhone and need a way to deploy it? MDM does that.
Why is an MDM solution needed?
A well-designed MDM solution enables a company to exist in a “trust, but verify” environment. Application and security policies are configured, deployed, and easily updated. Applications can be installed, inventory can be managed, different hardware types can be tracked, and compliance is ensured.
As security breaches continue to climb and more employees work in a remote capacity, a modern MDM solution is a critical component of a company’s overall cybersecurity strategy.
If you lack the internal bandwidth or skillset to determine which MDM solution is best for your business, InfoSystems can help. Whether you’re using Mac, PC, Android, or iOS, we help businesses of all sizes in all industries ensure their devices — both company and employee-owned — can securely access the technology required to remain productive and secure. In addition, when it comes time for an Incident Response Program, an MDM solution will rapidly streamline the process and serve as a vital component of that plan.
Contact InfoSystems to learn more about how a mobile device management solution will help your employees stay productive while keeping company resources secure.
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