Cybercrime is on the increase, with IBM finding a considerable proportion of security breaches coming from human error. Whilst many businesses have robust measures to ward off this risk on their premises, the rise of remote work has been making device security a pressing issue.
The solution is Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM), also know as mobile device management (MDM). It enables you to get a much firmer grip on device management when employees need remote access, allowing a more straightforward and secure means of controlling devices connected to sensitive data.
Here we explain five of the key, but certainly not only, benefits EMM can deliver for your business.
EMM delivers security for mobile workforces
Policing security issues is simpler when your employees connect to your data from your premises. Sadly, the reality is that post-pandemic, many businesses don’t work solely from their offices. Offering your employees the flexibility to work from home comes with numerous benefits, but also increased risks.
EMM sidesteps those by giving you the same level of security control as if you were on-site. So, whether your workforce relies fully or partially on remote work or is constantly on the go, EMM enables your cyber security, to protect your systems from cybercrime.
And it works for multiple devices
The modern way of working means we continually transfer between using desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile phones. These devices enable us to communicate and work from any location but with the provision of generating a security risk. Mobiles and tablets are particularly vulnerable to these risks due to the lack of pre-installed security software.
EMM manages for you to keep the same level of control you’d have over office-based equipment for device security. You can easily lock, encrypt or wipe files from them, as well as deploy your own VPN.
EMM also facilitates bring your own device
Bring your own device (BYOD) is an increasingly popular policy within workforces, enabling staff to utilise their equipment to work. This is particularly useful when using long–term freelancers through the gig economy when supplying equipment isn’t always an efficient choice.
With businesses having no control over the security measures utilised on these devices, EMM adds that extra layer of security. It allows your employees to use the tools they best understand through BYOD and does not require you to supply the equipment to ensure security.
It lessens your administrative burden
One of the core benefits of EMM is its simplicity. You only need to utilise a single console to control every device, while you can incorporate automation to streamline the effort required to manage your devices.
One handy way it does this is the pre-installation of all the software needed. This can be a godsend when providing employees with new equipment, as now they can turn on their device with all the security account processes are set up beforehand, saving them time.
You can use EMM to be regulation compliant
A lot of the critical data you’ll need to protect as a business will not just be your own but also that of your customers. Because of this, there are numerous regulations and compliance standards you’ll need to meet, depending on your industry.
EMM allows you to meet many rules businesses need to adhere to and deliver on the advisory requests.