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In the modern era of mobility, corporate data is remotely accessed by employees around the clock through a variety of endpoints. Everything from customer data, user login details, and business-critical data might be accessed by employees remotely. As crucial as it is to provide employees with access to corporate data, it’s even more crucial to ensure sensitive business data doesn’t end up in the wrong hands. One key factor organizations can focus on to prevent this is securing misplaced or stolen devices.

According to Forbes, a laptop is stolen every 53 seconds, and more than 70 million mobile phones are lost each year. This number is expected to rise exponentially. Moreover, nearly 41 percent of all data breach events from 2005 to 2015 were initiated on lost devices such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones. However, the data present within such devices holds a lot more value than the technology itself.

Sensitive business data present in misplaced, stolen, and compromised devices can be vulnerable to data breaches. Have you ever wondered how data contained within devices are protected? Here are four simple, yet effective ways, a mobile device management (MDM) solution can aid in securing devices and data:

  1. Uncompromising passwords
    Passwords ensure the security and confidentiality of data contained within devices by restricting unauthorized access beyond the lock screen. Passwords that comply with complex organizational policies are considered strong and fail-safe. Strong passwords incorporate several parameters, including length, casing, special characters, and more.
  2. Create geographical boundaries
    With geofencing, you can create location-based restrictions for your managed devices. The IT administrator creates virtual boundaries and configures policies for devices, both within and beyond the boundaries. The IT admin must immediately be notified regarding non-compliant devices to mitigate the risks involved.
  3. Advanced security for enterprise Macs
    Manually ensuring devices are compliant with your organization’s policies is yet another mundane task. This can be avoided if your IT admin can configure policies and ensure compliance for all your Mac deployments in bulk. With Apple’s built-in security features, you can ensure the process is safe and secure. For Mac deployments, FileVault Encryption performs full-disk encryption (FDE) so only authorized users can decrypt the data with appropriate credentials or recovery keys. A firmware password restricts boot-ups from unauthorized system volumes, unless and until valid credentials are provided.
  4. Reactive security
    What’s the point of being able to secure only the devices in use? In case of a misplaced or stolen device, the corporate data stored within it is often considered more significant than the device itself. Immediately after discovering a missing device, you must be able to raise alarms, locate the device, wipe the data, and also mark the device as “lost”, subsequently leveraging its lock screen to display customized messages and contact information. With the adoption of bring your own device (BYOD) policies, sensitive business data coexists with personal data of users. Organizations have an obligation to protect corporate data, as well as the users’ personal data. This is only possible by deploying an MDM solution.

Mobile Device Manager Plus is an end-to-end device management solution that manages and secures Android, iOS, macOS, Windows, Chrome OS and tvOS devices. With an extensive feature set, Mobile Device Manager Plus ensures proactive as well as reactive security in case of misplaced or stolen devices. Visit our website to learn about the various features we support.

You can also explore on your own how to set up and secure your enterprise mobile devices and apps. Download your free, 30-day trial of Mobile Device Manager Plus today!

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