The Beginner’s Guide to Mobile Device Management

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This white paper is aimed at newcomers to the topic of MDM and is intended to advise those who are considering introducing a Mobile Device Management system in their company. IT managers can see how they can ensure security, transparency and control with MDM when smartphones and tablets are being used in the company. The white paper also aims to defuse concerns related to the implementation of MDM itself. In doing so we hope to demonstrate not only how uncomplicated MDM systems are but also the great range of advantages that MDM brings.

Table of Contents:

  • The Challenges of the Modern Workplace
  • What is Mobile Device Management?
  • Why is Mobile Device Management important?
  • Who needs an MDM solution?
  • What are the minimum requirements for every MDM system?
  • Data Protection, Security & Compliance with MDM
  • Mobile Device Management Made Easy with Cortado MDM

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Abstract:

The Challenges of the Modern Workplace

Mobile devices give employees the freedom and flexibility to do their work wherever and however they want. They not only facilitate remote working, but also increase employee satisfaction. The downside to this is the increasing number of diverse iOS and Android devices that confront IT managers with integration problems within the corporate network. In addition, working with smartphones and tablets poses considerable risks in terms of data security and protection.

Depending on their enterprise mobility strategy, organizations can choose from a variety of policy models to furnish their teams with mobile devices. But, regardless of which deployment program is chosen – be it BYOD, COPE or COBO – users and administrators must be able to comfortably work with devices in a secure manner.

Currently, the secure and convenient integration of smartphones and tablets into corporate IT is achieved via means of Mobile Device Management (MDM). Aside from handling the integration of devices, MDM systems allow organizations to additionally meet both the legal demands and compliance requirements that mobile working entails.

What is Mobile Device Management?

Mobile Device Management (MDM) describes the software-based, central management and security of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets in the corporate context.

A powerful MDM system has intelligent functions for the secure integration of the end devices into the company IT, while enabling productive, remote working work that complies with data protection regulations. Mobile device management solutions are available as cloud services or as traditional on-premises software.

Why is Mobile Device Management important?

An MDM system essentially fulfils the following tasks:

  • Easy setup and integration of mobile devices into IT infrastructure:
    Time-saving integration of company-owned or private smartphones and tablets. Devices can be set up with just a few clicks, apps and policies distributed and be henceforth managed from a single management console.
  • The safeguarding of company data and compliance with data protection laws:
    With security features that allow strict separation of private and business data, password specifications and the remote deletion of data, MDM ensures that employees work with their mobile devices EU-GDPR-compliantly and that company data is reliably protected.

With Mobile Device Management, allocation models such as COPE and BYOD can be realized, as MDM allows devices to be integrated into the company’s IT architecture.

The MDM system also takes over the rollout/deployment of countless mobile devices and thereby saves the administrator from the time-consuming manual setup of each device. If the MDM system can be used together with Apple’s Device Enrollment Program (DEP) or Android Zero-Touch, then the induction of devices becomes even more simple.

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