Gartner predicts that by 2017, 50% of employees will be required to bring their own devices to work. This was further reinforced by global analyst firm Ovum, who also announced that Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) behaviour in Europe is resulting in many businesses looking to manage the phenomenon by turning to Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) software as a way to manage and secure their corporate data.

So as mobile devices continue to become key assets for many employees with fast-moving, data-driven lives, how can organisations cope with growing data security issues and privacy risks?

Kathryn Baarda, Marketing Manager

Containerisation vs non-containerisation

Back in 2013, at the Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit, analysts believed the growth of BYOD would be stunted by non-containerised Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions, as employees would resist corporate management of their personal devices. However, in the last 2 years, not only has enterprise mobility continued to expand and mature, but so have MDM solutions.

So, what is the best solution to manage a growing mobile workforce juggling multiple devices, both corporate and personal? Do you manage the whole device, including personal information, or do you leverage the use of applications and contain corporate data?

Containerisation is a solution for employee-owned devices, and allows IT departments to not only secure corporate data on a device, but control which applications can access data and how the data is stored. Containerisation offers a managed space on the device for employees to access corporate content, whilst restricting corporate access to personal information.

Non-containerisation, or MDM as it is commonly referred to, secures data at the core of the device itself. MDM is ideal for corporate-owned devices but can be seen as too intrusive for employee-owned devices, due to the visibility and control it has. MDM monitors settings through profiles and is built into the operating system.

Experts in MDM, AirWatch by VMware, as well as Citrix and IBM, offer a variety of EMM solutions in the containerisation space, meeting a varying range of device management criteria. So where do you start? Gartner-voted market leader, AirWatch, believes that when selecting an enterprise mobility platform, organisations need to look further than their current mobile needs. By considering future plans and incorporating application development, improved business processes and enterprise flexibility, AirWatch believe a successful EMM solution should allow you to collaborate and grow.

As organisations continue to grow, it is important to find an EMM solution that works together and shares the same architecture on a single platform. MDM enables users to access corporate Wi-Fi and enterprise VPN without manual input but MDM can be seen as too heavy-handed for employee-owned devices. Many users don’t want to give their employer the ability to remotely wipe their device, and this is when a containerised approach for corporate content becomes a better choice.

Next Steps

When looking at an EMM solution, it is important to consider both long and short term strategies. There isn’t a right or wrong solution, and in many cases a combination of both MDM and containerisation could provide flexibility, user enablement and enhanced security. A layered approach ensures corporate control whilst ensuring that employees’ personal data remains unaffected by corporate boundaries.

To learn more about EMM, COMPAREX can help you define your strategy and identify which product best meets your business goals. Contact our IT solutions experts today on 0870 050 0125.

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