Distributed Enterprises Take Note Of These 5 Steps

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jun 28, 2016

DataFrom basic personal use to business needs, mobile devices and smartphones have taken the centre stage and as per the new IDC figures June 2016, the global shipments is expected to reach 1.84 billion in 2020.

Although the advent of ‘smarter’ mobile devices have  made day-to-day functioning much more easy, with all data being made available at the tip of your fingers, the critical challenge lies in the creation of a holistic ecosystem of management and adaptability across the enterprise. Organizations are now proactively implementing measures to ensure the timely and safe usage of devices by employees without compromising the productivity and the quality of customer service delivery.

Realizing the strategic importance of implementing a robust mobile strategy across the distributed enterprise, the awareness among enterprises have spread but the steps to be taken to ensure mobility is still ineffective.

The Five Golden Steps:

Management Responsibility

The utmost concern of the company would be monitoring and screening to assure safety and security against malware, hacking and data breach. The company should take responsibility of  company held data on the device irrespective of BYOD or company issued devices.

Educating Employees

Employees use their devices every day, but the alarming factor is that not many are aware of the threats surrounding them or how to protect their devices. The company must employ a psychological strategy wherein the employees are to be told that the company data access given to them is a privilege and that they have earned it which will encourage employees to be more protective and diligent in using their devices. Employees must be encouraged to have the confidence to initial trouble-shoot any issues, especially if an organisation’s IT department is off-site or outsourced. 

Supporting the Hardware

Here’s where the IT department of the organization need to ensure that all devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops and the new age wearables used by the employees have adaptable hardware systems. The deployment of new operating systems across multiple devices is crucial to the business productivity but the organization should be mindful of the hardware systems in place.

Security 

In the wake of Linkedin data breach, individuals and organizations across the globe have taken measures to understand the nuances of internal data security and beef up their security. SOTI’s recent research found that 60 per cent of enterprises have actively prevented a data breach, but less than 50 per cent have a mobility strategy. Company and employees must at all times adhere to policies regulating data access and security. Data back must be made compulsory and periodic in nature. Upgrading the password requirements and policies across all devices and platforms.

Incorporating the Business mobile

With a large number of organizations have now revamped themselves to be mobile enabled,it is important that they do not overlook the potential risks and threats associated with it. The effective implementation and internalizing  a strategic approach in the mobile enterprise helps in easy management of  devices and securing data access. Companies must be futuristic in adopting their mobile strategy which will help them stay ahead of their contemporaries and this would propel better business and service delivery.