MDM vendors come up short on security

While BYOD has increased the productivity of today's workers, it has also introduced a range of security threats, such as malware, direct attacks, data loss or theft and social engineering.

To handle their mobility challenges, enterprises have turned to mobile device management (MDM) providers. Yet, many are not satisfied with level of security provided by their vendors.

According to a survey of 139 IT execs survey by VDC Research, close to half are either not very satisfied or only somewhat satisfied with the security offered by their MDM vendors.

Source: VDC Research

MDM vendors do offer security-related capabilities, such as the ability to detect rooted or jailbroken devices, remotely lockdown and wipe devices that are lost or stolen, and control hardware features. However, in the rapidly evolving mobility environment, these security features are not enough, judges Eric Klein, senior analyst for enterprise mobility at VDC Research.

"There are numerous factors that organizations must consider when they evaluate and deploy mobile management solutions to address productivity and convenience while instituting mobile security policies that can help in mitigating risks. Organizations are finding that a vanilla MDM solution is inadequate and recognizing that they need to employee additional protections to ensure their devices and infrastructure are secure," Klein says.

This creates an opportunity for IT vendors to provide mobile security products that integrate with their customers' existing identity management infrastructure, Klein concludes.

For more:
 - read Klein's blog
- check out the VDC release

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