Thinking Beyond Mobile Device Management (Part 1)

Posted by Ankur Panchbudhe on September 26 2014

The enterprise mobility landscape has changed significantly over last year and has moved beyond mobile device management (MDM) to something having a much wider scope - enterprise mobility management (EMM). Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) has become an integral part of the enterprise mobility strategy as many of the use cases today revolve around remote access to enterprise content repositories and the ability to edit, annotate and share the content from mobile devices – whether company managed or employee-owned through Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD).

There have been instances where MDM badly failed to meet enterprise IT as well as end-user expectations. Implementing a successful MDM for BYOD has been a challenge. End-users typically do not like IT controlling and monitoring the devices they own and the applications they run. In addition, Android in particular poses challenges because of it’s wider distribution and many flavors. Many end-users run old distributions and are using low-end phones not supported by MDM.

Overall, the (naturally) wiser alternative is to secure the data (or content) and not the device. Instead of controlling and managing the devices, the idea should be to deliver and keep the content secure on end-user devices and control its use (within a secure container) to comply with corporate policies like sharing, copy/paste and printing. The aim should be to:

  • Secure data in-transit
  • Secure data at-rest (using containerization)
  • Remote wiping of container
  • Authentication
  • Access controls, including support for IP and geo-location
  • Control over the user of content (for example, copy/paste, print, copying to other apps)
  • Provide option for read-only access (with things like digital watermarking)
  • Audit trails

Enterprise IT is looking to adopt new mobility strategies without risking security, data loss and compliance – and with minimum investment. As the Gartner magic quadrant report on EFSS says, using an EMM solution for deployment which is driven by adoption of EFSS can turn out very costly versus the real cost of EFSS.

In part 2 of this blog, we will share why Vaultize is a great fit for your organization in accomplishing enterprise mobility.

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