Advances in mobile technology have repositioned the boundaries of enterprises and blurred the distinction between home and the office. By providing access to email, enterprise applications and sensitive business data, smartphones and tablets have advanced the scope of access to enterprise information. With greater remote access to sensitive information, the risks and management issues associated with it rise significantly.
Consider the following scenarios:
Scenario 1: An improperly secured device with constant access to sensitive enterprise applications and data gets left behind accidentally at a conference by an employee. It gets picked up by a rival company employee who is able to access confidential information.
Scenario 2: An employee goes to make a presentation to a potential client, for which the employee needs access to multiple enterprise applications. The client is pressed for time but the need to log on to different applications impacted the outcome.
Controlling Access Management on mobile devices
The use of Mobile Device Management (MDM) software along certain techniques becomes absolutely essential in ensuring secured organizational network.
Mobile Device Management (MDM) software
With Mobile Device Management (MDM) you can manage mobile devices with regards to information security, enterprise application management, policy enforcement, regulation compliance, and authentication & authorization. MDM software can be used to locate, remotely lock or even erase data from a lost or stolen device.
Mobile Single Sign-On (SSO)
Mobile Single Sign-on (SSO) allows a mobile device to access multiple but related enterprise applications by logging in once. This speed up the process, as the user need not login to each application to gain access. Here, the credentials are managed by the central SSO server and not the actual service that is being accessed. Therefore, authentication and authorization is easier to control.
Mobile access is more secure when some specified applications are password protected, instead of granting access universally (across enterprise applications). In Password Synchronization allows user to remember one password.
In Geofencing, a virtual boundary is established for a mobile device over a real geographic area. It enables/disables features, grants/revokes permissions, etc. of applications and data based on specifically defined geographical regions. It provides 24/7 security on the mobile device without the need for active monitoring.
Ideal boundary based enterprise application and data access:
- Mobile access profile limited by access-level and requirement of employee through MDM software
- Ability to access multiple enterprise applications by one-time authentication and authorization to any enterprise application through SSO
- Capability to remotely wipe a device in case it is stolen or misplaced through MDM software
- Limiting access to enterprise applications and data with Geofencing
The methodology employed by an organization for authentication and authorization varies on the basis of its requirements. Avancer has the solution to secure your enterprise network and data on mobile devices. If you want your organization to have secured Mobile Access Management, we would be happy to help. Reach out to us by clicking here.