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Special Edition, October 2014

Mobile security: Protecting the corporate 'crown jewels'

Bring your own devices (BYODs) revolutionized how employers enable safe, productive mobility, forcing hardware-centric mobile device management (MDM) products to mature into enterprise mobility management (EMM) suites. As BYOD adoption grows, so do both secure mobility challenges and the EMM market. According to the technology research company Radicati Group Inc., worldwide EMM revenues will hit $1.4 billion this year, topping $5.7 billion by 2018. To understand how EMM tackles BYOD risks, let's consider what drove this evolution. Where MDM fell short MDM emerged over a decade ago in products that managed Windows CE and BlackBerry phones. When the iPhone kick-started BYOD adoption, MDM products embraced Apple and Android phones, but still focused primarily on device-centric goals: hardware asset management, OS configuration and remote find and wipe. In short, MDM helped customers bring personal devices under IT control by managing the entire device. This traditional desktop-management approach may have been fine for ...

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