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MDM vs. MAM: Comparing enterprise mobile security management options
This article is part of the Information Security magazine issue of Special Edition, November 2013
More than six years have passed since the introduction of Apple's iPhone, yet organizations still struggle to effectively manage and secure these devices on the corporate network. Today, IT departments are faced with an enormous array of user-owned devices, causing organizations to long for the days when the iPhone was their only mobile device challenge. IT teams must be able to successfully address the mobile device management challenge to adequately protect organizations while still allowing enough flexibility to reap the rewards of mobility. The landscape of mobile management products is dynamic and large. A common query is, "Which product is right for my organization, mobile application management (MAM) or mobile device management (MDM)?" The answer can be both and perhaps neither, depending on the use case. MDM for policy enforcement MDM products evolved as a means of centrally controlling mobile endpoints. For years, IT has had mature tools such as Group Policy Objects on Windows PCs to tightly enforce company policies and...
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