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Managing and Securing Enterprise Mobility?

Protect your corporate assets

Following on from my articles on thoughts and findings of Enterprise Mobility, I have decided to delve again into the challenging areas of Management & Security.

Both Management & Security are inter-dependant and if not in place, your valuable enterprise mobile asset is vulnerable as soon at it is goes 'on-the-road'. I use the wording valuable, not really due to the cost of the actual device, as that is minor when compared to the corporate applications and data deployed on the device itself.

Think.. What damage could be done if that device & the data within got into the hands of your competition of even worse, someone malicious?

Mobile Device Management to anyone serious should mean SECURE management of DATA, DEVICE and APPLICATIONS.

Management & Security

 

So what should be done? Firstly for Enterprise Mobility you probably want Cross-Platform device support and a Central Configuration Control

Management

  • Device Monitoring
  • License Control
  • Software Distribution
  • Software Inventory
  • Asset Control
  • Remote Control
  • Connection Management
  • Application support & distribution

 

Security

  • Password Protection
  • On-device Data Encryption
  • Over-the-air Data Encryption
  • Remotely Lock Devices
  • Wipe Data from Devices
  • Reprovision Devices in the Field
  • Back-up Data on Devices

 

I believe that the main risk to be aware of, is that an unmanaged device will not work in an Enterprise Environment. By that I mean that if a device stops working, that means a field worker stops working for a day, or more, and the cost to you is very high. Also when you Manage & Secure your devices, the process is best kept transparent from the Mobile Worker and automatic, not intruding into their working day.

 

REMEMBER... Enterprises must "securely manage the data, devices and applications"....   device management is NOT enough...the data is more important.

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As one of the Sybase Technical Evangelists, Ian regularly addresses technical audiences all over the world and his sessions are always very well attended. He also writes education classes, whitepapers, demos and articles for various Sybase products and publishes regularly in Journals such as SYS-CON's PBDJ and International Developer Magazine. He is also the Sybase Unwired Platform & PocketBuilder Evangelist and works closely with the team in Dublin, CA and Concord, MA on new features and demonstrations for the products. In his customer-facing Evangelist role, Ian is very involved with the design, production and testing of Enterprise class Unwired Solutions, that have been implemented using Sybase's Unwired tools for Sybase customers around the globe. In addition, Ian is a dedicated technical expert continually working with Sybase's key partners and clients to enhance the capabilities of the Unwired solutions that Sybase can offer to its customers. Ian can also be found on Twitter @ithain