The fundamental flaw of MDM is a focus on the most disposable, least secure part: the device.
Forward-Looking BYOD Solutions
One way to balance security with personal device usage is to focus on applications rather than the device. An application-centric approach centers on enabling and managing access to services and data through an access application, rather than managing access at the device level.
Focusing on applications has several advantages. Moving the credentialing process off the device increases security. It lets you put everything users need in one place-a portal to all critical business apps, including cloud apps. It supports single sign-on, reducing authentication hassles. It allows administrators to define and manage access easily. And, organisations can take advantage of the cost savings from user-purchased devices. In short, mobile application access allows you to capture the advantages of BYOD while minimising the risks.
Things to Look for in Your Mobile Application Access Solution
As you evaluate solutions, consider what your organisation really needs. Ensure that any option you choose:
- Allows you to extend security policies to future devices so that you can increase access and productivity without increasing risk.
- Is convenient and actually makes users' lives easier (otherwise, they won't use it).
- Allows users to keep their personal devices personal.
- Enables access to legacy web applications without the need for a native mobile application.
Consumer devices will continue to evolve. Your business must find a way to take advantage of the technology employees want to use-without opening your organisation up to additional risks.
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