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Ensuring Data Privacy without Sacrificing Mobility with ZENworks

Gil Cattelain

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November 2, 2018 9:38 am

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Mobility is a critical element to most successful business operations today.  While there are some workers, such as sales teams, who have operated in mobile capacities for years, today’s networks, high-powered devices, cloud-based resources, and other modern technologies have created a new business model where mobility is a must-have for a high percentage of the workforce.

For IT teams, that presents a twofold challenge in that they must not only ensure devices and resources are available, but perhaps more importantly, they are tasked with ensuring security of corporate devices and data privacy across all devices and networks. As the prevalence of cyber attacks has grown to where they are not only expected, but almost certain, securing devices and data has become an ongoing battle IT teams must wage against the cyber underworld.

The good news is tools exist that help make securing mobile devices, applications, and data easier, particularly those that integrate data privacy elements into broader mobility management platforms, such as the ZENworks Suite from Micro Focus.  The integration of data privacy tools into the ZENworks Suite gives IT teams a comprehensive solution for mobility management across their corporate environments.

Centrally managed mobility

IT is able to secure and manage all corporate mobile devices centrally from a Unified Endpoint Management interface.  That includes enforcing password settings, encryption policies, and security.  IT teams are able to set device policies based on group settings or individual users, enabling or restricting features and capabilities in accordance with corporate mandates.  In the case of lost or stolen devices, IT can remotely lock or disable the devices to prevent unauthorized access to corporate resources.

BYO with mobile application management

With the prevalence of user-owned devices, the ability to provide a dedicated corporate workspace on mobile devices is critical to maintaining data privacy and security. Through the ZENworks platform, IT teams are able to enable secure access to corporate resources, including email, applications, web content, and files, without impacting users’ personal or corporate mobile experiences. Corporate data is encrypted based on security policies and requires authentication-based permission for access. This allows corporate data and access to be wiped if devices are lost, stolen, or users leave the company.

Authorized access with encryption

To protect data, IT teams are able to enforce hard drive encryption policies to ensure all corporate information is protected before theft or loss is recognized and the device can be wiped.  User authentication via password or smartcard ensures only authorized users can access encrypted devices and data.

Endpoint security

The ZENworks platform allows IT teams to monitor and secure data across endpoints, including external storage devices, such as USB thumb drives.  Features include setting and managing data encryption policies for removable storage devices that are connected to corporate-owned or BYOD endpoints. Additional security elements include advanced firewall protections, wireless network security, and port control, ensuring comprehensive security management and monitoring across the entire corporate network.

Today’s workers require mobile devices and access to remain productive, but the risk of cyber threats makes security a top priority.  Comprehensive solutions like the ZENworks Suite provide IT teams the tools they require to protect corporate devices, data, and networks, while allowing users the freedom of mobility.  The ZENworks Suite simplifies mobility management for IT teams and allows many of their tasks to be automated to ensure perpetual compliance with corporate policy.  The end result is a mobile environment that maximizes efficiency and productivity of both mobile users and IT teams.

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