Security and productivity are often thought as competing elements of enterprise mobility. Tighter security and stricter guidelines in workplace concerning the use of mobile phones may be counterproductive. Most people including many enterprise IT experts still think in this way.
Well, they cannot fully be blamed since the security concerns are always evolving with new features, functionalities, and apps. Bridging the gap between productivity and security in a balanced way is crucial for many enterprises today. While the optimum productivity should be ensured, it should not come at the cost of security.
Today most users carry more than one device in their workplace and this really made security concerns even bigger. So, a comprehensive and accumulative approach to deal with the mobile devices and apps remains crucial.
What is EMM?
EMM is the abbreviation of the term ‘enterprise mobility management’. It refers to the workplace management of mobile devices, networks, mobile apps and mobile computing. Basically, it extends the concerns dealt by ‘mobile device management (MDM) to other areas like apps and mobile computing. It offers a more comprehensive approach covering entire IT estates. Anything that can connect and utilize company’s internal resources is covered under EMM.
EMM has become crucial for a number of reasons. But most notably, the increasing number of devices and increasing mobile computing power contributed to the onset of such a comprehensive mechanism to control and monitor mobile and app usage in workplaces.
How EMM works?
To understand the effectiveness of EMM in ensuring productivity and security with mobile devices you must know EMM actually works. EMM typically considers only very few devices as secure while most are put under monitoring and security checks. This approach made EMM tougher to deal with as far as breaching security is concerned.
Secondly, the focus of EMM rests on controlling data flow to ensure blocking any unsolicited access to business information deemed critical. While EMM always ensures total control and freedom of use for the users, the monitoring, and control mechanisms are handled by the IT administrators from time to time.
EMM Offers A Novel And Effective Approach
Security breaches are continuing to be a threat to most enterprises. Despite robust device management protocols, such threats are continuing. Some interesting EMM software offered innovative ways to deal with this. Let us have a look at few of them.
Isolation technology has been utilized by many enterprises to offer an environment of secure execution between users and potential sources of attacks such as doubtful websites or malware-carrying email attachments. Some new platforms also evolved by taking this technology further to fuse security threats with assurance.
Machine learning is the new frontier to deal with the emerging threats. Device level automated monitoring for certain actions and transmission of data has been put into use by many companies as part of their EMM policy.
What about BYOD?
BYOD or Bring Your Own Device has been the first avatar of any control mechanism in enterprise mobility and since then for a large number of enterprises, it continued to remain effective. Some enterprises that allow employees using corporate-owned devices, COPE or Corporate-Owned, Personally Enabled also remained successful. Both BYOD and COPE have been proved more productive and this is why in most retail or direct sales-driven organizations, these approaches are common.