There is a prevalent opinion that most companies in today’s world are in a state of denial about just how important mobile device management can be and how difficult it is becoming for IT professionals. While most of the higher level companies used to offer their employees a company smartphone, the explosion of mobile devices has led to more and more firms turning to the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) format. The problem arises because people using their mobile devices at work is going to grow exponentially over the next few years, because so many companies are allowing BYOD policies.
A company BYOD policy is really little more than laziness on the part of the manager or the IT department at this point. There is a great deal of effort in integrating a new device to a company network, especially when you are talking about literally dozens of different kinds of devices. Because of this, most companies have left their employees to their own devices, hoping that problems won’t arise but not really going the extra mile to make sure those problems don’t materialize.
The inherent problem with that approach is that so many mobile devices are connecting to networks these days that there is almost no chance that a virus or some other kind of security hack will get through. According to a recent report, the CISCO VNI: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update 2011-2016 mobile device connections at the work place will eventually become so prevalent that those connections will outnumber people on the planet.
There are programs that can be used to combat this issue. One such program is called the Zenprise Mobile Manager. This particular solution can either be managed on a company’s premises or through the cloud. Users can manage the mobile device lifecycle of employer and employee devices. The management of those devices extends across every major platform from iOS to Symbian.
The security functions of the solution allow for companies to track and wipe inactive devices that may have been long forgot about by their users, protecting the company from having random people suddenly gaining access to their network. The solution allows for companies to use a BYOD policy with peace of mind.
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Edited by Rachel Ramsey