12 Apr
2016

Why You Don’t Have to Trade Mobility for Security

Mobile devices in the workplace aren’t an anomaly anymore; they’re a business standard. Today’s in-house employees expect organizations to allow for personal devices in the office and an increasingly remote workforce relies on corporate network access as part of the job. In fact, a 2015 survey by IDC predicts the number of mobile workers in the U.S. will top 100 million by 2020.

All of this mobility means employees are climbing the firewall on-site and off-site to access corporate content and collaborate with co-workers. Fortunately, business owners don’t have to trade mobility for security. In fact, cloud computing is the ultimate solution for ensuring networks and the data on them is secure. Here’s why:

 

Superior Mobile Device Management

Many organizations lack the staff and budget necessary to carry out labor- and resource-intensive mobile device management (MDM). In addition, BYOD (bring your own device) creates a fluid ecosystem that makes on-premise MDM daunting and impractical. Cloud-based MDM solutions, on the other hand, scale as organizational needs change and give IT staff the tools they need to respond to security threats, unpredictable device updates and other mobile device management challenges without missing a beat.

 

Secure Collaboration

Many workers rely on instant messaging, group chat, shared document storage and file transfer systems to collaborate with co-workers from their mobile devices. If organizations don’t provide reliable and easy-to-use collaboration tools, workers may turn to services that aren’t IT-sanctioned. Cloud-based collaboration solutions provide a unified and secure platform to safely share sensitive and proprietary data that employees can access anywhere, anytime, from any device.

 

Tight Data Management

Data breach worries keep IT administrators up at night and are often cited as the reason C-suite decision makers are reluctant to pull the trigger on transitioning to the cloud. However, the reality is that data housed in the cloud is more secure and reliable than the aging legacy systems many organizations currently use, reports TechTarget.

In addition, enterprise-level cloud-based solutions contain tools that give IT teams granular control over how, when and with whom data is shared across mobile devices. This helps business owners ensure that sensitive information remains under their control at all times.

As the mobile workforce grows, organizations must adapt to the needs of employees who are replacing their desktop computers with smartphones and tablets. The good news is that embracing the mobile services they want doesn’t mean sacrificing the security you need.

 

 

 

 

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