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Securing & Managing Apps on Unmanaged Devices
Research firm Gartner expects that nearly 40% of all employers will require employees to supply their own mobile devices as soon as 2016. By 2017, that figure is expected to rise 50%. With mobility trends clearly pointing to the dominance of unmanaged devices sooner rather than later, organizations without a enterprise mobility solution specifically intended for employee-owned devices will be left playing catch-up. Whether you are still wrestling with pre-existing device management policies or are in the exploratory phases of BYOD management, it is time to start thinking about a more streamlined, extensible, and scalable approach to enterprise mobile apps.
Embracing a 100% App-Centric Approach
The rise in unmanaged devices, or BYOD, marks a fundamental change in the enterprise mobility model. As an organization it is your responsibility to respect the ownership and privacy rights your employees have over their devices. At the same time, it is imperative that the enterprise keep its mobile apps secure regardless of where they reside. With that in mind, what is required is an app-centric approach that delivers security and manageability without compromising the security, performance, and ownership of an unmanaged device.
App Wrapping: Security Made Easy
There are a number of different approaches designed to address mobile app security, but there is only one scalable and extensible solution intended specifically for mobile applications: app wrapping. As its names suggests, the process allows you can take a developed app—custom, hybrid, or otherwise—and wrap it with a series of security and management features, including authentication, encryption, copy/paste restrictions, and much more. The best part? Wrapping applications requires no code modifications or SDKs, reducing your development costs and time to market. Not only does app wrapping offer you the ability to quickly and easily delivery security features and protect sensitive corporate content, but it does this in a way that also respects your employees’ device ownership rights. App wrapping does not “touch” a device’s OS, nor does access any personal content or data. Learn more about what Gartner has to say about app wrapping here.
Management and Administration through a Central Platform
App wrapping is just one component of mobile application management (MAM®). Integrated into a central platform, you can manage, administer, and monitor your enterprise apps. Using a MAM console, you to push additional security updates, delete or wipe applications remotely and without coding knowledge with a few clicks of your mouse. With full administrative control, a suite of security features at your disposal, and an intuitive interface, app wrapping and MAM offer a scalable and agile solution for organizations transitioning to a BYOD ecosystem. The sooner you can establish an enterprise mobility solution that reflects the modern business environment, the sooner you can start driving real innovation.