For years now, your IT and security admins debated proper methods, tools and policies to mobilize your enterprise. While these official discussions dragged on, your users unofficially started using their mobile devices (#ShadowIT) for everything from email to managing and editing highly confidential documents and communications.
They’re not doing this to spite you or your company. They’re doing it because it fuels their productivity. Believe it or not, users break the rules to be more productive!
Though users’ motivations are in the right place, it still puts IT in a precarious situation. Your enterprise has already mobilized itself. So how do you make sure that all of those devices are properly managed and secured (to protect both your end users and, perhaps more importantly, all the sensitive systems and data they access)?
And, let’s be honest, the clock is ticking. You need an effective mobile strategy to prevent a mobile breach that could cost your company a lot of money (and bad press).
Different Problem, Different Solution
One big challenge, though, is that mobile security requires a different solution than desktop or network security. Traditional systems that handle patch and identity management, anti-virus, firewalls, encryption, etc., simply don’t translate into an effective mobile security strategy.
Traditional anti-virus solutions, for example, won’t do anything to stop (let alone mitigate) ransomware that’s infected a user’s mobile device. Traditional firewalls won’t do anything to stop users from connecting to insecure or malicious Wi-Fi networks. And traditional encryption won’t keep users’ documents safe if they lose their mobile device and haven’t set up a passcode.
The bad news is you can’t solve these mobile security challenges with traditional systems. The good news is you can solve them by integrating enterprise mobile management (EMM), or unified endpoint management (UEM), and mobile threat defense (MTD).
MTD + EMM
EMM solutions, like VMware AirWatch, handle onboarding, reporting and policy management (and enforcement). MTD solutions, like Skycure, handle the real-time, proactive prevention and mitigation of security threats (and report them back to the EMM solution, too). Skycure further simplifies the management and maintenance of the solution by relying on a public app that adheres to all of Apple’s and Google’s best practices and updates automatically, with no extra steps required by IT.
The integration of these two solutions is critical because it provides the 360 degrees of protection that end users (and your company) need. Recall why users started self-mobilizing in the first place: Productivity. What is the enemy of productivity? Interruption.
Thankfully, properly integrating EMM and MTD solutions means users can be productive with their mobile devices without the interruption of malware, malicious networks or device vulnerabilities. It also means IT can be productive without the interruptions of compromised mobile devices.
With an integrated EMM and MTD solution in place, you can automatically prevent ransomware installations, block connections to malicious networks and remotely wipe mobile devices if they are lost or stolen. These are just a few examples of the automated mitigation that a strong, seamless mobile security deployment provides.
In today’s mobile age, it is no question that end users work on their mobile devices with or without the official support of IT. IT’s job now is to deploy a mobile security strategy that empowers them to perform seamless onboarding, policy enforcement and management, real-time threat prevention and mitigation and reporting. Thankfully for IT, the tools for a successful mobile security strategy are already available via EMM and MTD.
Brian Duckering is a marketing and strategy executive for Skycure.