The market is flooded with mobile security applications and management tools designed to control mobile security threats. Some of them are antivirus applications, basic native security controls (passcodes or wipe-locking pattern), mobile device management and testing tools for mobile apps.
But, it is not just data and devices that are susceptible to threats. There are internal vulnerabilities and external risks that can cause serious damage to operational effectiveness and put users at physical risk. Enterprises need to consider a solution that addresses conventional security, application management and device administration.
Re-evaluating Mobile Device Management
While we all know that MDM provides remote monitoring and management of mobile devices, we need a system that not only addresses that but also the physical security of a device. Enterprises need a mobile management solution that is built around security as the core of its value proposition — like setting password policies and compliance management, encrypting onboard stored data, setting and controlling wireless access across cellular connections.
Mobile Application Management
Since most of the MDM solutions do not control apps properly, enterprises should look into mobile application management that provides application control — in terms of types of applications loadable on devices and how they are administered. A good mobile application management solution should include features like white and blacklisting of apps, application deployment and removal capabilities and app cataloging.
Mobile Security Management
Enterprises need to invest in a good platform that not only provides protection against malware and phishing attacks but also provide data protection. Solutions with data-loss prevention (DLP) technology can be an effective way to control against files falling into wrong hands. VPN capabilities can also help in securing and safeguarding data in transit. This can be a good addition to the mobile security suite as it is necessary for mobile business applications that pass sensitive and proprietary data between themselves and corporate networks.
Enterprises should implement the above pillars to protect themselves from security gaps that could compromise data and operations, thus diminishing the effectiveness of mobility adoption.