What is enterprise mobility management? To answer this question, we can begin by looking at one key statistic: the mobile workforce around the world will be about 1.87 billion people by the year 2022. That is about 42.5 percent of the entire workforce at that time. That means the mainstream workforce is slowly evolving into a mobile workforce. That is where enterprise mobility management (EMM) comes in. It is the system that allows organizations to manage their mobile device governance systems through formal policies and enhanced security measures. All this, of course, will happen while making information technology management much easier.
As an executive, some of the most important EMM solutions you will come up with are those concerning the security of your employees’ mobile devices. Any successful attack on your system brings with it the chance of damage to the reputation of your brand, regulatory or legal infractions and financial loss. That is why you should have some best practices in place to limit the exposure of mobile devices to unwanted and uninvited access.
So what are some strategies you need to implement today?
1. Install Antimalware Software in Mobile Devices
There are many new malware threats coming up every day for operating systems on mobile phones like iOS and Android. They have become an increasingly likely target for malware attacks, just like computer operating systems. Your employees are likely to use mobile devices to access the internet within your organization and, as a result, they should all install antimalware software on their smartphones or tablets. It doesn’t end there, either. They should also update the antimalware software constantly to be protected against the latest breeds of malicious programs lying in wait on the internet.
2. Make Mobile Communications Secure
Most experts will tell you for free that mobile communications within your organization need to be encrypted as a matter of course. That is because wireless communication is among the easiest communications to intercept and snoop in on. You should also go a step further as an organization: ensure that any communication between a mobile device and a cloud-based service or system or a company service or system is done via the use of a virtual private network (VPN) for access to be granted. VPNs will not only provide very strong encryption for such communications, but they will also provide you with opportunities to require authentication of users as well as manage their logging when they use their mobile devices to access services, remote desktops or applications on your company systems.
3. Implement Password Controls and Strong Authentication
There are many local security measures in many mobile devices, including fingerprint scanners, facial recognition, voiceprint recognition, and so on. However, your mobile device should be used with multiple authentication systems to make sure that it doesn’t give access automatically to hackers when they manage to break through one layer of security or other. Users should also be encouraged to take full advantage of their own local security options. They should enable and use passwords to access their mobile devices.