Deploying mobile devices to various segments of their workforce is one way that companies are getting more productivity out of their employees and increasing the efficiency of business processes. But any successful mobility program requires a strategy and any good strategy will take data security into account.
According to a recent report from analysts at research firm IDC, enterprise mobility management practices should center on segmenting employees into specific groups. The members of each group will share similar requirements and uses of mobile devices – from their data plans to the information they access.
IDC's researchers refer to the practice as profiling.
"It should operate at departmental and user levels within the organization and focus in particular on employee workstyles, including factors such as level of mobility, task and information and communications requirements," the report said.
To determine such groups, the report advised companies to survey the workforce. At least some of the questions asked should relate to mobile security, IDC said. Specifically, it's important to determine whether or not an employee leverages sensitive information through their device and what compliance considerations come into play.
These days, companies should be thinking about data security in all that they do. The impact of a breach or loss of information can be too severe, and a company can't be too careful when it comes to mobility. Cybercriminals have taken note of the increasing popularity of smartphones and tablets and are turning their attention to stealing sensitive data housed on them.
It seems that many companies have already recognized this, and plan to prepare themselves accordingly. Global Industry Analysts recently predicted that the market for mobile security solutions will reach $14.4 billion by 2017.