What would happen if your iPhone was stolen or lost and it got into the wrong hands?
Mobile device management (MDM) is something most small business owners don’t use or make use of. One of the primary reasons for this is that it can be quite expensive, depending on the solution used. Unfortunately, in this day and age, it’s one of those tools that can really save your bacon. As you and your employees run around, you have your smart phones and tablets all of which have access to your data. Depending on the device, this may or may not even be encrypted.
If you’re using those devices to their potential (and we hope you are!), they either contain quite a lot of sensitive data or at the very least have access to it, whether that be on Dropbox or through a VPN connection to your office. Now as an individual, you can log into iCloud or a similar tool and lock or remotely wipe the information off the device. In many cases, even track where it is. But what about other users in your organization?
A large percentage of businesses, large and small, participate in BYOD (bring your own device) to one extent or another. Larger corporations (think national and beyond) have long used MDM to enforce security policies and track assets, either as part of company issued smart phones or as a policy for BYOD.
The logic lies in the security and control. If you have your employees sucking up way too much of your data downloading music, Netflix, etc. productivity will go down and your cost for supporting their lack of work will go up (data charges, overages). Do you imagine all your employees are as conscientious as you about keeping their phone on them at all times and secure? Probably not, as they really don’t have as much to lose as you do, if it’s stolen and your data is compromised.
Done properly, MDM can address all these issues and more, leading to greater security, peace of mind, increased efficiency and more knowledge about potential issues and for a price that might surprise you!
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