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iPads, iPhones and Androids are revolutionising businesses.
With the popularity of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies, employees now have the freedom to use the personal smartphones and tablets of their choice to get work done anytime, anywhere. That keeps them happy and productive, but IT now has to support all these new devices and keep data secure on top of all the other projects they need to manage.
Simple Access with Security
Here’s a simple challenge: Build a perfectly safe house that can protect all of your priceless valuables.
How do you approach it? You could build a house with no windows and no doors—no entry or exit points at all. This would probably be perfectly safe, but not very useful for actual living. Or, you could build it with windows and doors that have top-notch locks and security systems protecting them, and effectively have the same level of security, but still be able to enter, exit, welcome visitors, and get some fresh air without risking the loss of your precious belongings.
Your mobile strategy might be just like a house with no windows or doors. Or, it might be like a house with windows and doors that don’t lock at all. You’re charged with security for your business content, but you also have to make it available to users so they can be productive. From customer contact lists to patient data, financial information to Human Resources files, from business applications to board minutes—the information your users want to access grows daily, and blocking access is no longer a feasible option. You need some windows and doors—and a security system that ensures only those who should be allowed through them can get in.
What happens if a user brings a personal smartphone or tablet to work and downloads sales contacts to the device? What if they email their proprietary financial reports to their home email address so they can work in the evening after their children are asleep? What about a vendor? You want to share your content and apps so you can collaborate more efficiently, but what happens when the project is over?
These scenarios happen every day. People find ways to get the information they need, putting corporate information at risk every day, unless you facilitate a more secure, reliable and simple way for them to get what they need.
As you protect your data and the internal networks, file shares, and other systems that house it, you may want to think about these considerations as part of your mobile strategy. Some may seem obvious, but they are worth noting.
1. Content must be accessible by users on-demand through a push or pull approach
2. Each user must have access only to the content needed based on context and identity
3. Data must be updateable and synchronized across devices over time
4. The process of accessing the data must not be onerous for the user
5. Maintaining security must not be costly, although it is a big investment
6. Maintaining security must not be time consuming for IT
7. Any data in motion must be encrypted and secured
8. Data must not be permitted to leave the organization without authorization
9. Data created and stored in apps must be safeguarded
10. Because personal devices are not owned by the organization, there is a limit to what you can control
RMT Technology have solutions that provide small and medium-sized businesses with a fast and simple way to remotely configure and manage smartphones, tablets and laptops, enforce security policies, push apps and docs, and protect the data on corporate and personal devices.
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