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Is End-Point Protection Dying in MDM?



Mobile Device Management has been a necessary staple in any modern business by providing security, monitory activity and enforcing corporate policies. These MDM solutions are not only preferred my most employees so they can be mobile. Things like BYOD are possible with a solid MDM solution.

But there are issues with having corporate data stored on a device, even if it’s protected. It takes up room on the device and leaves the data vulnerable to hacks from different, less secure apps that employees download for personal use. This increases the risk that your data will be compromised if the device is lost or stolen.

with new mobile technology like VMI and even containerization, I think the need for end-point security is coming to an end. Why spend all this time and money, beefing up security on a device that an employee is responsible (or irresponsible) for when you can just separate the data totally?

Install a gateway to access a mobile virtual mobile infrastructure for  employees to work off of that is displayed by the mobile device, but not stored there. If the device is stolen, you can easily disable the protected gateway.

With containerization, if the device is lost or stolen, you can remote wipe the corporate segment of the device, not the personal part. There are lawsuits for employees suing their companies for loss of personal data when a phone is stolen and you have to wipe the entire thing to protect your sensitive data. There isn’t really a need for this with these other options around.

I don’t think that end-point protection is needed in MDM to protect corporate data from malware or hacks. I think that there are ways to keep the data completely separate from the device and stored on your own protected cloud and I think they need to be embraced.

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