Mobile device management will have increasing importance once the forthcoming 5G network becomes a complete reality in workplace environments. Even with 4G, a large percentage of mobile devices owned by employees appear in the IT department’s monitoring system over which they have no governing systems in place. That being the case, the security risks and privacy concerns, as well as negative impact on workplace productivity, will pose as greater challenges once employees shift to smart devices with 5G connectivity.
A study conducted by accounting firm Coalfire, in relation to this matter, revealed that eighty-four percent (84%) who responded to their survey admitted that they use their smartphone or tablet for both professional and personal tasks. Of the 84%, forty-nine percent (49%) are aware that their IT department does not have a formal mobile security system or even a plan.
Even if there is, forthcoming advent of 5G technology, will all the more make manual monitoring of the ungoverned smart devices, will prove to be even more tedious than it already is, in the 4G status quo.
Mobile communication carriers started rolling out 5G in select cities in the U.S. and other parts of the globe. Soon, 5G will be sweeping the country via more comprehensive rollouts; the earliest expected occurrence will be by the year 2020. Workplace productivity will likely be affected since with 5G, download and upload speeds are multiple times faster; whilst taking less time to connect with servers and other devices.
Without a Mobile Device Management software to aid in monitoring all smart communication devices proliferating and communicating in the workplace, the IT Department will likely find itself performing ineffective tasks.
Benefits Offered by Mobile Device Management Software
Mobile Device Management (MDM) software, sometimes also called Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) software, enables IT administrators to keep track and control applications and configuration settings in smartphones and tablets; regardless of whether the devices are company or employee-owned.
Some have advanced features such as the ability to remotely lock, or erase unauthorized data downloads on devices in order to prevent theft, IT asset loss or to avert hostile termination.
When looking into standard MDM or EMM software features, designs may be different but similarly provide the following benefits:
- Allow the company to deploy passcode, impose compliance and create networking profiles right in the web-based administration console.
- Introduce security certificates connected to employee credentials, in order to reinforce the authentication process observed prior to access.
- Implement security access to ensure authorized file sharing, appropriate use of company email, and internet resources.
The downside experienced by those who are already using MDM or EMM software is that there are some security gaps that the software is unable to address. That is why MDM or EMM software solutions, work best as supplementary automated systems in aiding IT Departments manage the increasing number of personal smartphones, and other wireless communication devices appearing in the workplace.