Top 10 Benefits to having a Mobile Device Management Plan

Posted by Jeff Newton on Jun 1, 2016 3:48:46 PM

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Mobility, efficiency and time sensitivity are all too common business drivers in today's world. With the presence of mobile devices in every pocket in America, the need for businesses to keep themselves and their clients secure has become a major topic in technology. What used to all be data stored and secured on mainframes, servers or CRM databases locked within the walls of an office building is now very easily in the pocket or purse of all the employees, exposed to the world every moment of every day.

Enter Mobile Device Management or MDM, the plan behind the security of those walking computers and your companies valued information.

There are currently three scenarios within a company in regards to mobile devices:

1. Company Furnished Device

2. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

3. Mobile Devices Not Available for Employees to Link to the Company 

In any instance it is nearly impossible to avoid employees and mobile devices; here are the top 10 benefits to having an MDM Plan: 

  1. Compartmentalize the device for corporate data & personal data

  2. Selective removal of data:

    1. When an employee leaves the company

    2. Major application change becomes available - Mass manage legacy data or software

  3. Destructive removal of data:

    1. Completely & quickly wipe an entire device of personal & business information as a result of a device becoming lost, stolen or un-coverable

  4. Location detection services; for lost or stolen devices; mobile workforce location reference

  5. Enforcement & acknowledgement of company use policies for activity and data on the devices

  6. Add / remove / control the installation of apps or software on devices

  7. Force controls - Mandatory screen lock times & passcode access criteria

  8. Centralized control for device configuration profiles / updates / patches / modifications

  9. Content management & controls

  10. Security & layered approaches to control (i.e. Executives have different policies applied to their devices)


The plan is only the first part of the equation. It’s taking the time to think through workflows and vulnerability gaps, and define what controls or remediation you want to have in place.  As a result, the plan can be surface level, or incredibly granular, selecting the right technology solution to implement Mobile Device Management is critical.  A proper requirements gathering session is paramount to seeing it executed smoothly & completely. To help you better evaluate your MDM plan we have compiled the 5 big MDM features you must consider when creating a plan.

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Topics: Mobile Device Management