What is Mobile Device Management Anyway?

April 10, 2013

What is Mobile Device Management Anyway?

 

Mobile Device Management is the process by which to manage a physical mobile device by an IT department to ensure that hardware and software are performing in line with its expected specification and configurations. It also encompasses mobile application management, mobile security, mobile operations management and a mobile help center. It manages the device, detects threats, protects data, and ultimately protects the device.

 

Why do you need it?

 

Today’s most serious security threats blend email and web attacks to steal sensitive data. When you add mobile devices with cloud-based apps and free access to social sites, your security risks grow exponentially. Personal and corporate-owned devices are flooding the workplace. Companies need to secure these devices, and they are turning to Mobile Device Management. Mobile Device Management and mobile security are the only cloud security solutions that extend your existing security policies to mobile devices to help secure your data, reduce your risk, and enable your business wherever you go.

 

Why do you need it?

 

You as an individual need mobile device management for the protection of your mobile device; internally and physically, the information stored on it and its connection to a mobile network. Personal computers, laptops, tablets and smart phones are the mediums through which we communicate and do our work whether it is personal or professional. Imagine that you lose your device. If you have valuable information on it you are now vulnerable to intellectual property theft, compromised information, and illegal use of photographs and videos. Imagine that you have spread sheets containing information for your company that is not publicly shared. This poses a large threat not only for you because you are liable but the health of your company as well. If you have a mobile device manager you can have your device locked remotely so that your information cannot be accessed, you can have it remotely wiped so that the information is gone or you can locate it through GPS technologies. These are extreme examples of why you need mobile device management but they prove and emphasize the need.  Mobile Device Management is a service necessary for the protection of your device and your data.

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