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Interview: The BYOD challenge

Nurdianah Md Nur | July 4, 2013
Anthony Tian, Asia Pacific regional director for Good Technology, talks about enterprise mobility and the issues surrounding it.

In order for workers to enjoy a personal experience on their own devices without compromising any corporate IP, security measures need to be implemented at the application level, as opposed to the device level.

The explosion of enterprise apps will in turn increasingly challenge organisations to deploy a more dynamic security technology to mitigate corporate data leakage.

As such, organisations seek to adopt a solution that can not only integrate security into their apps, but allow them to create secure, end-to-end workflows to drive business processes, increase employee productivity and enhance collaboration.

With various offerings available in the marketplace today, what mobile device management (MDM) solutions do you see as critical for a company to balance the needs of a mobile workforce with securing sensitive data?
MDM is about locking down devices, preventing users from performing certain tasks they might want to do on their phones and tablets, and as a stand-alone solution will not address the mobility challenges that enterprises are currently facing.

While MDM will continue to be useful in specific circumstances, such as corporate-owned devices, an integrated collection of technologies is needed to handle these broad use cases for employees and business partners, device and app management, as well as custom and commercial apps.

Enterprises have realised that the true value of smart devices comes from the apps that are on them. The next phase of the mobile explosion is mobile application management (MAM) — which enables organisations to secure and control only the corporate applications and data on a user's mobile device, and can ensure that the personal side of the device remains unaffected.

How is Good Technology transforming the enterprise and the mobile workforce?
Secure mobility has become the new competitive advantage. The Good Secure Mobility Solution is the first comprehensive solution that delivers the productivity that mobile workers desire, with the security and protection of corporate data that IT needs, without compromising user experience and privacy.

Good Technology's solution is the first integrated product suite for developing, securing, deploying, and managing entire workflows. Whether a workflow has been specifically designed by the business, or is made up of a series of apps delivered by Good or its broad ecosystem of ISV partners, the Good platform ensures a secure, seamless flow of data throughout. Now, CIOs can address the wide range of use cases, from BYOD to fixed function devices, or mobilising legacy apps and enabling custom application development.

Good Technology enables the containerisation and management of mobile apps and data, even on devices without mobile device management (MDM) control. Using Good's patent-pending application-to-application encrypted tunneling technology, IT departments can enable secure document and data sharing between apps, protecting corporate data as it moves from app to app.


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