Enterprise Mobility Management: A Critical Component of Today’s IT Toolset

How many endpoint devices connect to your network? What is their overall security posture? Could you quickly find and isolate the source of an endpoint attack?

Most organizations would struggle to answer these questions. In a recent Cybersecurity Insiders survey, 60 percent of respondents said they are aware of fewer than 75 percent of the devices on their network. If a critical exploit occurred, only 58 percent would be able to identify all vulnerable devices within 24 hours. For 9 percent, it would require a week or more.

These are critical gaps given the proliferation of endpoint devices connecting from outside the secure network perimeter. While enterprise mobility has long been important, the widespread shift to remote and hybrid workstyles has upped the ante. IT teams need complete visibility into all devices and the ability to monitor user and device behaviors and enforce security policies.

These trends have heightened the importance of enterprise mobility management (EMM). EMM combines mobile device management (MDM), mobile application management (MAM), mobile content management (MCM) and other features in one platform. It provides an integrated approach to monitoring, managing, and controlling endpoint devices to enhance security and simplify remote access to applications and data.

EMM Components

MDM first emerged in the early 2000s when people started using Blackberry devices to access email and text messages. Modern MDM solutions include features such as inventory and tracking, configuration management and remote wipe for devices enrolled in the platform.

The introduction of smartphones and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) models brought a wave of new capabilities, including MAM and MCM. MAM allows the IT team to configure apps according to corporate policy, distribute them to the right users, and keep them patched and up to date. MCM controls access to corporate data and allows for the secure sharing and storage of files. Newer EMM platforms also include mobile identity management (MIM), which enables multifactor authentication and policy-based access controls.

There are many EMM options, which makes choosing the right solution difficult. Factors to consider include:

  • Ability to manage both employee- and company-owned devices
  • Support for a wide range of devices and operating systems
  • Simple onboarding for devices and users
  • Remote monitoring and control capabilities and self-help portals
  • Streamlined installation, configuration, updates, and removal of enterprise apps
  • Secure data containers and the ability to share, update and manage files

 

Beyond the Basics

Enterprise mobility has evolved from a device-centric tactic to a strategic initiative with broad business implications. Organizations need EMM solutions that focus less on technology and more on the business processes that drive competitive advantages. Look for a flexible, scalable platform that can adapt to changing business requirements.

It’s also important to consider the user experience. Determine what capabilities will help mobile workers do their jobs better and consider how the EMM platform can be integrated into business processes. The right EMM platform will help to improve productivity, reduce costs, and enhance work-life balance.

Finally, it’s a good idea to look beyond mobile devices to all the endpoints that connect to the network. Unified endpoint management (UEM) tools take EMM to the next level, giving IT visibility and control over printers, point-of-sale systems, wearables, Internet of Things (IoT) devices and more.

According to the 2022 Enterprise Mobility Market report from Allied Market Research, the EMM market will see a compound annual growth rate of nearly 30 percent through 2027. In our next post, we’ll look at three industry-leading EMM solutions.

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Enterprise mobility management (EMM) solutions provide visibility into devices across the enterprise while improving manageability and security. While there are certain key features to look for in an EMM solution, selecting the right platform requires an in-depth assessment of business and IT needs. Cerium can help you evaluate your options and choose the best solution for your organization’s needs.

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