We live in an age when mobility is an implied element of our existence. We’re always on the go, and more and more of our technology is designed to keep up. At home, this keeps us free to stay connected whenever we want. It’s liberating and exciting. Within the enterprise, however, developing a mobile device strategy that will satisfy both user and organizational security can evoke the image of Sisyphus painfully maneuvering a bolder up a hill.
Managing Your Mobile Workforce
Armed with the right credentials, employees can work at any time, from any location. Mobile devices are transforming business productivity by accessing data from the company network, the Web, or the cloud. Despite the significant productivity benefits, this fast-moving environment is increasingly complex. Multiple devices lead to increased security risks and manageability challenges, yet IT must balance the need for protection with the flexibility employees want. If employees feel that their corporate-provided devices aren’t mobile enough, they fill the gap with their own technology. In the United States alone, employees rely heavily on their own devices for work: 77 percent are using phones, 39 percent are using laptops, and 61 percent are using personal tablets.
You can mitigate these risks while supporting employees with mobile devices that fit the way they work by taking a strategic approach to upgrading the devices in your organization. Employees require varying levels of mobility and flexibility, and there’s a multitude of devices designed to satiate highly-specific needs. An efficient way to begin is by engaging employees in the initial upgrade conversation to get a better understanding of technology and usage needs. It’s a way to satisfy users, therefore minimizing the likelihood that these users will bring unauthorized devices into the workplace. It’s also a sure way to increase overall security because you’ll have greater control over the devices accessing your network.
Regardless of the specific types of mobile devices you choose for your employees, there is an apparent opportunity to increase productivity across your business. With the right tool for the job, employees can work more efficiently. In Intel’s case, employees report saving an average of 57 minutes a day using mobile devices—that’s nearly an hour of productivity gained each day by simply providing a different way to work. Think of the productivity benefits you could gain by scaling this flexibility across your entire organization, ultimately reducing the cost of doing business.
Let the Hardware Worry About Security
Selecting the right devices also means improving security across your business. With mobile devices based on Intel Core vPro processors, you gain embedded security, manageability, and powerful performance across a range of computing environments. Built-in protection is designed to address the key concerns of IT security, including protection from malware and rootkits, stronger passwords, better data protection, and stronger remediation capabilities. The embedded security technologies and McAfee* mobile security solutions are designed to help you manage the key IT security concerns in an enterprise environment.
In the long run, integrating new technology is a cost-effective way to better protect your business and gain even greater control of the devices accessing your network. It’s also the best way to prepare for what’s ahead. The possibility inherent in mobility should not be limited to the home. It has exciting potential for the enterprise as well. Risk is simply a facet of our mobile existence—those who learn how to juggle it triumph in the end.
For more on Intel’s tactics on strengthening security and efficiency within the mobile enterprise, head to “Enterprise Mobility Planning Guide: Increase Mobile Productivity.” For additional resources, please see our map to enterprise mobility.
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