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From lock-down to access: Turning security into an enterprise mobility enabler

Vikram Gill, General Manager, Client Solutions, Dell South Asia and Korea | Jan. 6, 2016
Security is an enabler for many processes relating to mobile computing and should not be viewed as an "add on" that holds back productivity, says Vikram Gill of Dell South Asia and Korea.

Keeping an eye in personal mobility

As part of an enterprise mobility security program, organisations must consider which personal devices and apps arebeing used for work.

Tactical security controls such as mobile data management provides several advantages in separating personal and business data. According to research by IDC mobile devices utilised under the BYOD model has accounted for 22.5 percent of all consumer smartphones shipped across Asia Pacific in 2013.

This trend presents another case for security as an enabler for enterprise mobility. Organisations can take several approaches to personal devices and apps -- from blocking them outright to allowing staff to use whatever they like. Securing apps on personal devices enables workers to be productive with what they are familiar with, but at the same time protect the information being accessed and generated.

Mobile security focus

Personal productivity

BYOD and BYOA can be huge productivity advantages but they need to be secured to minimise the business risk.

Mobile data management

MDM and MAM are good tactical starting points for mobile security. Management provides a platform for personal and corporate mobility enablement.

Mobile Web access controls

Many applications are Web based and should have appropriate access and content controls before being access from mobile devices.

Device features

Most modern devices have sensors, including biometric sensors, which can be used to tie in more security controls like two-factor authentication.

App deployment

Virtualization and containers provide a secure area on mobile devices so in-house developed or public apps can be deployed to any device.

Table1 - How security becomes a mobility enabler.

The native device security advantage

In addition to device and content controls offered by MDM solutions, enterprise mobility strategies should investigate the use of the various sensors already embedded in modern mobile devices.

Native device sensors like NFC, motion control, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and cameras and image scanning can give enterprises a second factor for common security processes like authentication and trusted content sharing.

Mobile devices have a lot to offer enterprise productivity and are at the forefront of bridging the IT and physical security worlds. Security is an enabler for many processes relating to mobile computing and should not be viewed as an "add on" that holds back productivity.

The unabridged article was originally co-developed by Dell and IDG for The Mobile Enterprise.


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