The proliferation of mobile devices within the enterprise is undeniable with tablets and smart phones becoming key tools for employees looking to ‘get the job done’. Many CIO’s and IT Directors know they have a problem with ensuring the secure and controlled mobile access to data, but what’s the solution?
Should access be restricted completely and a ban be placed on BYOD (Bringing Your Own Device) to work? Or should your staff use internal tools such as Sharepoint, live with its inadequacies and struggle on with their limitations knowing that its not specifically built for the job? Or do you take on the challenge of choosing the right tool for the job? Realistically the choice is already made as there’s no easy way in which to stop people using mobile devices. The most effective route is to provide them with the right tools to be successful in their jobs, whilst giving IT and security teams the tools that they need to manage users, set security policy and privileges.
Some key thoughts you should consider when selecting a mobile enabled managed file transfer solution are:
- What mobile / tablet platforms do you need to support?
- Is there a business need for a mobile application or will a browser based interface suffice?
- How many users do you intend on providing the technology to?
- How will you restrict access to data, e.g. users home folders only?
At Pro2col we’ve been helping companies to secure their data since 2003 and securing the mobile workforce isn’t a great deal different. Of course there are a few different considerations to take into account, but that’s all part of what we do. We work with a wide range of managed file transfer vendors, not all of whom want to be listed on our web site but who are taking the secure exchange of data with the mobile workforce very seriously. Different vendors take different approaches to addressing the problem. We work with vendors who have approached mobile file sharing from very different perspectives, which might form another blog item.
The experience we’ve gained in helping other enterprises address their mobile file sharing problems can help your business too. Overcoming the challenge of securely exchanging data with remote workers across a range of mobile or tablet platforms, doesn’t need to be a hassle. Get in touch with our team of technical specialists on 0333 123 1240 to work out what’s most suitable for you.