Mobile devices are here to stay. They’ve become an essential part of the workplace, and they’re equally important to IT leaders who must ensure their devices are managed—and secure. However, mobility is a growing paradigm that requires a new way of thinking when it comes to security and management. In this post, we explore six tips for IT leaders looking for ways to manage mobile devices in their organizations.
1. Take a mobile-first approach
A mobile-first approach is one that considers the needs of mobile devices as well as desktop or laptop computers. A number of factors have led IT leaders to take this approach, including:
- Increased use of tablets and smartphones in businesses
- A shift toward BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programs for employees
- The need for greater security with these devices
2. Use MDM in tandem with UEM
The second tip is to use MDM in tandem with UEM. The two are not mutually exclusive and can actually be complementary. MDM is a good way to manage corporate devices, but it cannot manage personal devices or the apps on them. UEM, on the other hand, can monitor and control both types of devices and their apps–but only if they’re enrolled in your MDM solution first!
3. Make sure you’re prepared to deal with BYOD in the workplace
BYOD policies should be clear, concise and consistent. Make sure that your employees know what’s expected of them when they bring their own devices to work.
This means you need to communicate your BYOD policy clearly so that everyone understands what they need to do in order to comply with it. The best way to do this is by sending out an email with the details of your BYOD policy attached or posting it online where everyone can access it easily (such as on your intranet site). You might also consider printing copies of the policy and placing them in key areas around the office where employees spend most of their time–like break rooms or lunchrooms–so people have easy access when needed during work hours but aren’t distracted from their tasks while reading through long documents all day long!
Enforcing these rules will help ensure compliance from all parties involved: yourself as well as fellow employees who may not fully understand how important these guidelines are for keeping systems secure against outside threats such as malware infections within mobile devices themselves.”
4. Enable security on all devices and applications
Enable security on all devices and applications.
- Use MDM to enforce security policies.
- Use MDM to protect data in transit.
- Use MDM to protect data at rest (i.e., on the device).
Ensure that your users have a seamless experience across all of their devices by enabling multi-factor authentication for apps that support it, such as email and messaging clients, social media platforms, banking portals or even healthcare providers’ websites.
5. Focus on user experience and process
The fifth tip is to focus on user experience and process.
Provide a positive user experience by making sure that your users are aware of the security measures in place, understand the process of using their mobile devices and have a consistent experience across all devices and applications.
Clear, concise, and consistent guidelines for users will help them feel confident about their use of technology while giving them confidence in IT’s ability to keep their data safe.
6. Leverage Technology Expense Management for cost savings and more
TEM is a cloud-based solution that includes device management, mobile apps, security and more. It helps to manage costs and increase productivity by providing a one-stop shop for your mobile device needs.
It also helps to protect your data and reduce downtime, while allowing you to make better decisions about your IT assets and spend. It’s a complete solution for your mobile device needs:
- Identify unused services, devices, and plans
- Dispute management services to help recover funds
- Reduce costs by gaining full transparency and control of your carriers and managed service providers
- Allocate mobile expenses to the right place to understand which departments are driving IT spend
We hope these tips have been helpful, and we’re looking forward to seeing how they impact your organization. If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to reach out!