Introduction To Unified Endpoint Management.
The world has become a highly interconnected place. More people than ever are working between the office, home and other locations including airports and hotels. According to Strategy Analytics, the global mobile workforce is expected to reach 1.75 billion people by 2020, accounting for 42% of the total working population.This has created challenges for many chief information officers. Firstly, a vast amount of information is available to people through an array of mobile devices. Secondly, greater use of personal devices in the workplace, has blurred the lines between personal and corporate data. Thirdly, there is a myriad of operating systems in use, including iOS, Mac OS, Google Android, and Windows OS. There is a solution to these issues, called unified endpoint management.
Unified endpoint management consists of three separate yet interlinked solutions. Firstly, enterprise mobility management, secondly mobile device management, and finally mobile application security. I will now discuss these three solutions in turn.
Enterprise Mobility Management.
Enterprise mobility management allows mobile users to connect to corporate resources efficiently and effectively. How do enterprise mobility management solutions work? They allow IT departments to initiate enrollment requests, configure devices, and distribute applications. What is the benefit to a chief information officer and their organization? Better control over who has access to corporate data via mobile devices. What is the benefit to the end user? Separation of corporate and personal data. This is particularly important where people use their own mobile device for both personal and business use.
Mobile Device Management.
Mobile device management systems allow IT departments to effectively manage all devices in use within an organization. M.D.M. systems include some key features. Firstly, color coded alerts allow IT staff to identify problems with mobile devices. Simply hoover over an alert for more information. Secondly, an activity feed to see the latest events. Thirdly, a snap shot of the mobile device environment. How many mobile devices have access to enterprise data? Who is using these devices? How many approved applications are in use?
Mobile Application Security.
Mobile application security allows enterprises to deploy, manage, and secure enterprise apps. Two key features associated with mobile application security are as follows. Firstly, app wrapping. Secondly, app-level tunneling.
App wrapping is a process of applying security policies to a mobile application. Consequently, app wrapping helps to protect corporate data without changing the functionality of an enterprise mobile app.
App-Level tunneling allows private data packets to pass through a public network such as the Internet, unnoticed, by a process called encapsulation.
I have outlined the three constituent parts of a unified endpoint management system above. IBM have developed a unified endpoint management system called IBM MaaS360, which uses AI capabilities through Watson! Are you considering rolling out a unified endpoint management system in your company? If the answer is yes, first of all, contact me by email. Finally, why not sign up for a 30 day free trial of MaaS360.
Over the next couple of months, I will be posting additional blogs about the features and benefits of IBM MaaS360. In the meantime, I look forward to hearing from you.