There are no businesses today that can survive without Internet access – whether it is their website, internal applications or allowing collaboration between employees. The same is quickly becoming true of mobile devices – these computing devices let us work from any location, anytime.
But enterprises cannot simply allow users to install anything, or use any device for work purposes as it poses a security risk. Letting employees use their own personal device for business can be cost-effective but it also means that your company network can fall victim to malware, spyware and other nasty Internet threats. This is why mobile device management (MDM) is part and parcel of G Suite – there is no need to install new services or purchase additional plans.
What does MDM do for you?
Security – Security is the biggest concern for businesses whose employees use mobile devices. What if an employee’s phone or tablet gets stolen, lost or otherwise misused? Administrators can securely wipe the entire device or only the data in Google Apps, depending on the circumstances. You can also enforce mandatory passwords, screen locks and other security measures for all devices on the company network.
Reporting and Analytics – G Suite includes robust reporting and tracking, so you can analyze mobile usage and trends over time. Want to see whether your employees are using Drive or Gmail more often on the mobile? Is there an app that no one uses which can be uninstalled to avoid unnecessary services? All these questions can be answered by a quick look through the reporting section.
Distribute and Control Mobile Applications – Your company’s IT team does not always want users to be able to install and use random applications from the Internet which may or may not be safe. But users need specific apps if they want to work effectively. Through mobile device management, you can easily whitelist certain business apps for employees, distribute internal proprietary applications and disable the option for uninstalling applications (for software that your employees should always have on the device) etc. Say goodbye to unauthorized mobile apps!
BYOD and Android for Work – Companies can opt to allow employees to use their own personal devices or provide official phones for work. Android for Work allows employees to keep their business and personal applications separate on the same device, protecting their privacy but still ensuring security. If a user leaves the company, only business data can be erased leaving their personal data intact. This way employees do not have to wonder if IT is monitoring their personal email or pictures either.
Therefore, an enterprise doesn’t compromise on its security but gives their employees the freedom to work efficiently.