The rise of mobile devices in the workplace

As data needs and mobile devices have become more complex, there is a need for a more sophisticated security solution to keep up with the ever-changing mobile landscape.

Today, businesses have access to more data than ever. It allows them to do new things, enter new markets and intelligently adapt their business models.

The increasing importance of data, remote working and people regularly switching between two or more work devices are combining to create a perfect storm of data vulnerability for New Zealand businesses. But the latest developments in Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) recognise that data security needs to go beyond just mobile use and provides a welcome solution.

Rise of mobile devices in the workplace

Worldwide, the number of mobile devices in the workplace is now in the tens of billions, and the growth shows no signs of slowing. It’s now commonplace for employees to be given more than one device to work on; smartphone, tablet or laptop. Here in New Zealand it’s exactly the same, and it’s a trend that’s been accelerated by the requirements for so many people to work from home during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The use of mobile devices not only gives businesses and employees greater flexibility, it can also help improve productivity.

  • Using portable devices for work tasks saves employees 58 minutes per day while increasing productivity by 34% (Frost & Sullivan)

But employees accessing company data using unsecure public or home WiFi, downloading business files to their personal apps, or uploading sensitive information via their devices can also pose a serious security risk.

Businesses that are encouraging the use of mobile devices must account for the fact that their employees are often the weakest link in the security chain, and find solutions that can help avoid these issues.

A people problem
The biggest cyber security risk to your business isn’t a hacker, it’s your own staff.

All it takes is one tap on a screen to download the wrong app, a link in a phishing email, or a lost phone, and everything can come tumbling down. Cyber criminals are becoming smarter and the effects of an attack that locks you out of your website or stolen customer data can damage your company’s reputation or even close your business.

mobile devices in the workplace infographic

The evolution of mobile security
Driven by the cloud, the increase in workplace use of mobile devices, and the need to secure these devices, businesses are now embracing unified endpoint management.

  • In 2019, cyber security incidents in NZ increased by 38%. Reports of online scams and fraud were up 53%*.*CERT NZ 2019 summary

Mobile Device Management (MDM) gave us the capability to remotely manage mobiles. A basic MDM tool could only enforce security policies, track inventory and perform real-time monitoring and reporting. In the past, this was considered enough protection.

From MDM to UEM in two steps
However, as business needs and mobile devices have become more complex, there was a need for a more complex security system. To adapt to this shift, MDM evolved into Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) which offers complete mobile device security management for organisations.

Today, device fleet management in businesses requires even more advanced capabilities to keep up with the ever-changing mobile landscape. This is where Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) comes into play.

UEM allows businesses to manage all their endpoints; laptops, mobiles, tablets, PCs, printers, even wearables. This is the comprehensive solution that businesses need to keep customer and employee data secure across all devices.

Vodafone Secure Device Manager

Vodafone Secure Device Manager is a UEM that manages the security settings on your team's smartphones, tablets and laptops remotely. It lets you stay in control of your sensitive business information with the ability to remotely find, wipe and disable devices.

It’s a single security solution that gives you the visibility of end-to-end security from device to data centre and real-time control of your network.
Learn more about Vodafone Mobile Security

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