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About mobile device management

Mobile device management (MDM) is a method of protecting and managing mobile devices, and more importantly, the information stored within. MDM helps overcome many challenges BYOD policies present organisations by segregating personal and company information.

Encryption scrambles the contents of the device, making it unreadable and passcode policies deny entry to the device to unknowns. Remote management and encryption tools allow lost or stolen devices to be wiped, removing important information.

Why you need mobile device management

Digital transformation has seen many organisations adopt a cloud-first approach to collaborative, flexible working and document storage. Powerful mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones are at the forefront of this revolution as they enable staff to work anywhere and on any device without losing functionality or productivity.

Investing in a mobile device management solution will drastically improve the security posture of your organisation, especially if you have adopted a cloud-first approach to working.

Mobile device management benefits

  • Simplifies Bring your Own Device (BYOD) policy management
  • Protects important business data stored on mobile devices
  • Easily track
  • encrypt and wipe lost or stolen mobile devices

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Cybersecurity framework

1 – Identify – The ‘identify’ phase covers the information security governance, business processes, asset management, risk management and allows the company to assess its cyber risk prior to an attack in order to allow planning for all phases to take place.  This phase should always be revisited after an attack has occurred as it serves to prevent another attack of the same kind.

2 – Protect – The ‘protect’ phase is designed to actively prevent an attack from being successful. This stage consists of a GDPR “Technical Measures” requirement and may also contain “Organisational Measures” designed to prevent a successful attack.  The measures are a direct result of your information risk assessment created under the “Identify” phase.

3 – Detect – The ‘detect’ phase provides methods to detect a successful attack.  A company cannot assume an attacker will always be thwarted and the “Detect” phase ensures that should any of the protective measures fail – the company can detect and respond (Phase 4) to a breach at the earliest opportunity.

4 – Respond – The ‘respond’ phase details the company’s response to a successful attack – one which may have been detected by the measures in the “Detect phase” or by other means – such as a third party informing the company.  The respond phase is considered critical in organisational cybersecurity planning as it defines the actions needed to stop the attack and move into the recovery phase.

5 – Recover – Once the cyber-attack has been stopped and prevented from causing further damage, recovery work must be undertaken to restore services to business as usual.  The recovery phase will also include feedback into the “identify” phase to assess how to prevent a similar attack from being successful in future.

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