If It Ain’t Broke, Why Fix It? Why an Effective Mobile Device Management (MDM) Strategy is a Must

Many companies are aware of the threat of large-scale data breaches from cybersecurity attacks and often develop defense plans accordingly. However, did you know 80% of data breaches are due to lost devices? Most compromised data incidents are a result of common negligence  

Say your CFO accidentally left their mobile phone at the mall food court while holiday shopping. Or even worse, your company currently has no end to end policy for managing and securing the devices of the 75 employees of the firm. Ouch! You better hope none of your employees’ personal phones or laptops get in the wrong hands! 

This type of scenario is a plausible reality for many businesses and organizations that lack a comprehensive end to end Mobile Device Management strategy in tandem with corporate bring your own device (BYOD) policies. According to a report by Kensington, 70 million smartphones are lost every year and a laptop is stolen every 53 seconds.  

In addition to lost or stolen devices, management also faces the following challenges in today’s environment: 

  • Mobile devices and company laptops that often connect to Wi-Fi access points in public places, like airports and cafés. Using Wi-Fi access points, hackers can capture network traffic and try to insert malware into your browsing sessions. A single breached device can impact everyone in your organization. 
  • The average cost of replacing a stolen device can exceed the cost of the device. This cost is higher because your organization must configure the new device and determine what data was lost or stolen. In some cases, that data exists only on the mobile device, and is then lost to the organization. 
  • A mobile device infected with malware can leak data and introduce the malware into the organization. Organizations must treat mobile devices as possible malware carriers and take precautions to prevent leaks and attacks. 

Without a proper mobile device management strategy, companies leave themselves vulnerable to very real treats. So, how can your organization develop an effective strategy to protect your data you ask? An essential component to improve system security is remote device management.  

With Mobile Device Management (MDM), companies can implement application control responsible BYOD policy whereby employees are able to bring their own personal devices to work with minimal risk to the organization.  

MDM helps organizations secure and manage their users’ mobile devices like iPhones, iPads, Androids, and Windows phones. MDM allows clients to create and manage device security policies, remotely wipe a device, and view detailed device reports. 

With the increased work mobility of mobile devices comes with an increased threat in date security. Therefore, companies of all sizes need to consider developing a comprehensive mobile device management strategy.  

As a Gold- Certified Microsoft Partner, KTL Solutions has worked with various companies in helping them develop and implement an effective MDM strategy to secure their workforce environments with Microsoft MDM solutions. If interested in learning more about Microsoft MDM solutions, please schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our expert consultants.  

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