Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets have already become part of everyday life for workers in many industries. However, it security strategy is often not watertight.
"One staff member uses a smartphone, another uses a tablet – many companies offer their employees unrestricted access to sensitive company data, even from private mobile devices, without being aware of the security risk for the company," reports Frank Melber, mobile security expert at TÜV Rheinland.
A mobile device management (MDM) solution is therefore a must for every organization looking to offer flexible working without jeopardizing the availability and privacy of its own data and intellectual property. An MDM system lets companies manage all mobile devices centrally from their premises.
The software acts as a virtual barrier that only grants access to authorized devices. The IT administrator responsible can delete company data from the mobile device remotely if the device is stolen or lost.
An ideal addition: portal solutions based on MDM solutions that enable secure, role-specific remote access. Mobile file sharing solutions support secure data synchronization with the company network. Depending on the provider, secured workspaces can be set up for collaborative work with external third parties, so that they do not necessarily need to access the company network.
Companies not able to cover mobile security internally should consult an external service provider such as TÜV Rheinland. Specialists provide support from the planning to the implementation of mobile device strategies.
The internal IT department can automatically learn something new and the board can rest assured that everything possible has been done in terms of compliance.