Mobile devices in the workplace have become so commonplace that business owners typically don’t bat an eye at employees utilizing their own smartphones for work-related purposes. The inherent flexibility for people to work on-the-go, access necessary files, and always be connected to work is plenty of reason why business professionals use their own devices and why businesses allow it.
With a more mobile workforce and the BYOD attitude when it comes to smartphone usage for business purposes, there are also plenty of security risks businesses must take into consideration when figuring out what its MDM program will be – if they even plan on having one at all.
Here are some of the more pertinent questions needing to be answered by businesses that are willing to adopt the BYOD environment:
- How do we keep track of all these devices?
- How do we keep our employees happy while protecting our network and data?
- How will all of these devices impact our wireless network?
- How do we enforce security policies across mobile devices?
- Is there an impact on compliance? If so, what is it?
- Is adopting a BYOD environment even worth it, what’s our ROI?
- Are we willing to support all mobile devices or just some? What about people who switch out their smartphones or tablets frequently?
These are just SOME of the questions you need to be asking yourself, or your IT team, when it comes to Mobile Device Management and how it fits into your business environment.
When deciding if it would be more effective to entrust your Mobile Device Management plan to your IT staff, or to outsource it to another technology solutions providers there are key things you’ll want to keep in mind:
- Choose a cloud-based solution so updates are automatic and painless.
- Ensure there is the capability for remote configuration and monitoring so you don’t have to physically handle each device for set-up and security configuration.
- Ability to enforce passwords, blacklists, and other security policies.
- Logging and reporting of all activity for compliance purposes.
- The ability to remotely disconnect or disable any device for security purposes, such as unauthorized devices, applications or access.
Now that companies must plan for use of mobile devices in their business environment, infrastructure must be put in place to accommodate whatever Mobile Device Management plan created. Industry research has demonstrated there is inherent value in having a flexible and mobile workforce, but any positive ROI for a BYOD environment starts with creating a plan to handle such an environment.
Mobile devices in the workplace are definitely here to stay, so develop a plan for them before they become a problem for your business.