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The Beginner’s Guide to Mobile Device Management (MDM)

How often do you use your mobile device each day?

The average American checks their smartphone once every 4 minutes. Psst: it’s more than 125,000 times a year. Statistics on the daily use of tablets and laptops are also impressive.

Undeniably, our collective compulsion to stay digitally connected, combined with the rise of remote working, has had a significant impact on the way we do things.

A record number of employees are connecting to Zoom meetings while running errands, packing lunches and brushing their teeth. This means more people doing more of their work on more devices, which presents a real challenge for IT administrators who have to manage the activity.

Unfortunately, convenient network access has also come at the cost of mobile data breaches. The good news is that mobile device management (MDM) solutions are able to thwart most attacks and provide the tools needed to effectively manage and support different types of devices, regardless of their location.

This article will take a closer look at why MDM is important, how it works, and why some organizations struggle to prioritize it. We’ll also discuss the benefits of prioritizing mobile cybersecurity before comparing the best MDM management solutions.

The current state of mobile device management

As shown in Verizon’s 2021 Mobile Security Index, one in three organizations surveyed suffered data breaches in 2020 from mobile devices. The worst part?

Many incidents could have been avoided by following mobile device management best practices. As Verizon mentions in its report:

“Mobile devices are subject to many of the same attacks as other devices. Most phishing attacks and poorly coded sites can affect them; mobile users might even be more vulnerable. And there are also mobile-specific exploits, like rogue apps and rogue hotspots.

We’ll start by answering the most common question:

What is Mobile Device Management?

Mobile Device Management (MDM) refers to the practice of enrolling, configuring, and securing portable devices in the workplace. Although some vendors use the term to describe smartphones only, it’s worth pointing out that MDM also includes tablets (Read More…)