With more people blurring the lines between mobile devices for personal and work use, it is more important than ever for businesses of all sizes to be on top of mobile device management and security. According to a recent report by TechNavio, the market for mobile device management services is expected to grow at  a CAGR of 22.7% from 2014 to 2019.

 

Not only are people using mobile devices more frequently, but as a result, more cyber attackers are targeting mobile devices with malware. For example, in a previous blog we mentioned that Android devices reported the largest amount of malware in its store.

Technology Solutions for Mobile Device Management

Many mobile companies are taking extra efforts to protect mobile devices and decrease the number of threats. Some researchers from University of Alabama at Birmingham are even configuring a creative way to help protect mobile users from malware — gestures. Their innovation would theoretically analyze a user’s typical motions and positions when using their phone to make phone calls, take pictures and scan credit cards. Then it would use the information to detect if the phone is actually being accessed by the user or an outside threat.

How MSPs Can Help with Mobile Device Management

Although advances in technology, may be able to help manage devices and security, there is still a large portion that technology can’t cover. For example, human error is one example. However, even though an app may not be able to solve all your security woes, a managed services provider can help with your mobile device management. Here are some solutions that MSPs can provide SMBs:

  • Remote lock, memory wipe and password reset
  • Automated configurations
  • Device tracking and GPS
  • Detailed reporting

Mobile devices are now a part of everyday life, both at home and at work. Businesses of all sizes should have some mobile device management and security in place to keep their data safe.

 

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