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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Enterprise mobility needs to be secure

The trend of an increasingly mobile workforce is unlikely to go away anytime soon.

Category:   Enterprise Mobility

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The trend of an increasingly mobile workforce is unlikely to go away anytime soon. The productivity advantages offered by using portable devices for corporate activities are driving the adoption of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies and enterprise mobility applications. However, as more employees access company resources on mobile devices, managing security becomes more complicated. Organizations need managed file transfer solutions that address both mobility and security.

Enterprise mobility a key strategy
The Enterprise Mobility 2013: BYOD, MDM, Big Data and Application Management Overview report revealed that enterprise mobility is a top priority for companies this year. Employers are focusing on ways to give their employees greater tools for company activities. According to Biz Community, this trend is driven in part by the fact that many employees prefer to use mobile devices for work purposes and want to be able to access necessary information remotely. To prevent workers from transferring information across platforms independently, corporations need to develop strategies to retain control over their data and manage the flow of information.

As Biz Community explained, for some organizations, this could entail adopting company-owned mobile devices instead of managing a BYOD policy. Other companies seek secure file sharing solutions so that their employees can conveniently access and collaborate on resources without putting information at risk.

Security concerns grow
Tech Targeted surveyed IT professionals to identify their top security initiatives this year. The majority responded that mobile endpoint security was among their main concerns, alongside other security processes such as encryption, threat detection and vulnerability management. Mobile devices, particularly with BYOD policies, present significant challenges to IT teams, who need to be able to secure multiple types of devices or risk losing control over network resources if they're removed from the secure environment. At the same time, the survey revealed that the majority of IT teams are dealing with corporate-owned devices, not gadgets that employees bring to work.

Clearly, as smartphones and tablets continue to gain popularity and as people seek ways to complete their business operations outside of the office, mobility and security must go hand in hand. To reduce strain on IT teams and provide more dependable protection, organizations can turn to secure file sharing solutions that automate much of the security process, provide intuitive workflows that employees are more likely to follow and keep files safely stored in a central repository. Although data security must remain a top priority for companies, particularly those handling sensitive information, they should not have to allow these concerns to interfere with mobility.