Mobile Device Security is the need of the hour

Ankush Tiwari, SVP & MD, India, Mobiliya | Wednesday, 08 June 2016, 09:56 IST

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With the phenomenal increase in the number of Smartphone across the emerging market, Data security & manageability at your workplace have increased enterprise demand for customized and specialized device features that go far above and beyond standard, consumer-grade capabilities. Having a secure mobile device that has differentiated features from the rest is the need of the hour. Organizations adapting to these new trends are setting industry-wise benchmarks to allow their employees the freedom to work from anywhere at any time & securely access enterprise or government network, data and applications.

Mobile data today, travel at a blistering pace, spouting across invisible streets to super power nations. Internet has conveniently uncloaked the most trivial of knowledge to widest range. From the corner of our eyes the system of exchange and sharing may seem impeccable and harmless but omnipotence comes with a cost. The transformation is subjected to unprecedented digital attacks and each time without fail, attacks are hurled intending to infringe security of an individual or a public establishment. 

Countries in Europe & Americas are being sensitive about where its enterprise data is stored, and endorse data sovereignty. India on the other hand has been plagued with data security issues in the past. The new government has been taking drastic measures to curb the same. Programs like Make In India, Digital India & Skill India programs are a step forward towards making India a digitally secure nation. Today, we as end users also face a challenging task of keeping our personal and official data securely stored on their mobile devices. Most of us use social apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, TrueCaller etc. wherein they don’t have the control on where & how their data is stored. Such instances may lead to widespread illicit distribution of sensitive information.

To ensure seamless scalability, availability & performance requirements of new technologies, organizations rely on trusted application partners and cost-effective, reliable solutions that accelerate time-to-market, strengthen infrastructure and provide simple setup and multiple-device management solutions while ensuring security of sensitive data and enforcement of enterprise policies. 

One of the biggest apprehensions when it comes to using Android devices in any government & enterprise environment is its lack of security for the mobile device & the data on it. Google recently unleashed one of its biggest marketing campaigns and product launches outside the US. It is with the launch of Android One that it wants to capture the other billion. This has been a major success for Google who in spite of world dominance in terms of Android users still is not able to tightly manage its ecosystem. Fragmentation of software, screen size and resolution was hurting the app developer ecosystem. Android one as a strategy comes like a knight in the shining armor for Google, that will reduce fragmentation by strongly controlling what goes into the phone. In addition it also wants to recommend the device parts which will be placed in the mobile devices so as to drive more margin to the phone manufacturer. 

Security issues need to be resolved first if extensive adoption of mobile devices need to be achieved. Think of a vendor sharing his stock levels over a mobile device. He would need a high level of security, encryption & authorization features on the mobile device. App security will add an additional layer of security for all collaboration and communication happening within the framework of the app. Security is a fundamental aspect since all parties involved require the ramification that none of the other parties or an outsider will break into the system or modify the rules without the required consensus. The facelessness of a worldwide communication network and the ease of automatic exploitation of security gaps in mobile applications make it necessary to meet this demand. Hence there is a greater demand of a secure mobile operating system that can be used to securely access and manage the data. A secure OS and an extensible device management solution is what an end user needs today.

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