By 2020 42% of the global workforce is estimated to be mobile. The higher proliferation of mobile devices, substantially increases the security exposure for retailers of all sizes. So what should retail IT teams do?
Deploy the Right Device Management Solution
With the growing number of mobile devices utilized by employees and suppliers of retailers, there's no doubt that IT teams need to have better visibility and control over the security and manageability of these devices. The diversity of job roles you support like sales associates, transportation controllers and procurement specialists can be daunting. The various environments where work gets done - stores, offices, warehouses and trade show floors - adds an extra layer of complexity. But what does device management actually mean and what are the various ways of deploying it?
Mobile device management (MDM) is a type of security software used by an IT department to monitor, manage and secure any type of employees' mobile devices and accompanying operating systems being used in the organization.
When MDM is combined with additional security services like mobile application management (MAM), mobile information management (MIM) or mobile content management (MCM) is it known as enterprise mobility management (EMM).
Cost-Effective and Secure Device Management
Through a combination of partners Lenovo brings together comprehensive security and EMM tools including traditional MDM, MAM and MCM capabilities. IT administrators can expand their mobile management infrastructure and more effectively manage the lifecycle of their devices and applications.
- Lenovo and Intel join forces to enable device management at a hardware level - Endpoint devices powered by 8th Gen Intel Core™ vPro™ processors with Intel Active Management Technology offer the only solution delivering out-of-band remote manageability over both wired and wireless ethernet. As a result, IT can remotely manage systems even if they are shut down, or if the OS image is corrupt. They can also use Intel Remote Secure Erase to remotely wipe media and delete encryption keys from compromised or lost devices.
- OS-enabled MDM through Windows 10 Pro on Lenovo Devices - Windows 10 Pro offers two solutions for device management. Microsoft SCCM is meant for a Windows environment only is an on-premise mobile device management (MDM) system - meaning that you host it on your own infrastructure. Alternatively, Microsoft Intune is cloud-based and can be used to manage iOS, Android and Windows devices. It has a wide range of device and application management features; for example, IT admins can prevent sensitive information being copied into personal applications and email.
- Transform OS-enabled MDM to a more comprehensive EMM solution with MobileIron - The strategic partnership of Lenovo and MobileIron ensures secure provisioning and simplifies endpoint device management by incorporating identity, context and privacy enforcement. Data-at-rest and in-motion are secured as it moves between the organization's network, devices and various on-premise and cloud storage repositories.