According to a recent report by Statista, around 30% of employees worldwide have switched to working from home (WFH). Even as the world gradually returns to normal, companies continue to offer remote work to their employees.
Ladders data scientists predict that 25% of all well-paying jobs will be available remotely by the end of 2022 in North America. “With this continued rise in remote work culture, one thing that employers around the world can no longer ignore is cybercrime, and they must take steps to ensure the cybersecurity of all employees working from home,” says Onkar. Singh, CEO of Mobile. Device management software company – 42Gears.
So how can companies deal with cyber threats when all of their workforces are working remotely?
“The simplest but most effective solution is to use MDM (Mobile Device Management) software,” Onkar quips. “MDM gives an organization control over the devices used for business operations – laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc. The software makes it easy to provision and manage devices and enables remote administration for the smooth running of a business once their devices are enrolled,” says NIT Jalandhar alumnus.
An efficient Mobile Device Management Software supports COPE (Corporate Owned, Personally Enabled) devices used by large enterprises and Employee Owned Devices (Bring Your Own Device – BYOD) recommended for small organizations, helping businesses monitor, manage and protect all devices from a distance.
Mobile Device Management – The Need of the Hour, But Why?
Here are the reasons why using MDM is crucial, according to Onkar Singh:
● Organizations must have full administrative control and auditing capabilities over their devices, whether local or remote, in accordance with compliance standards.
● It is not possible to enforce endpoint security on remote devices without MDM.
● MDM is crucial to making a mobile workforce responsible and efficient.
What features are crucial for any mobile device management platform?
Before choosing or deploying MDM software, companies should look for these features:
● Security: To keep data protected from unauthorized access, enterprise-wide security policies and restrictions must be implemented through MDM.
● Application Deployment: With centralized license management, enterprises can deploy applications in bulk based on location, workgroup, or specific function.
● Administrative Reports: This includes reporting capabilities to identify non-compliant devices, allowing verification/support at a granular level.
● Patch and firmware management: To maintain a stable mobile OS environment, MDM software should provide the ability to remotely update devices to the latest OS and/or firmware version.
● Centralized logging: With centralized logging, device inventory and reporting updates are maintained at the individual device level to provide holistic views of device performance issues.
Bring back home
Times are changing, and so are the ways of working. Remote/mobile work isn’t going away any time soon. Hybrid is the future, however, the challenges of remote work and personal devices need to be managed.
Onkar Singh believes that recognizing and assessing your risks, implementing a BYOD or remote access policy, and choosing the right MDM solution can be a great place to start.
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