Guest Post: Mobile Device Management is Increasingly Important to Security


Sometimes I will be putting up Guest Posts from special guest contributors. This post was contributed by Darren Douglas on mobile device management.

Near the end of 2012, Research in Motion announced that their up-and-coming BlackBerry 10 device had achieved government security clearance. This means the security of the mobile device is certified for use by government agencies and for the transfer of classified information across the RIM network.

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Image via Flickr, by DonkeyHotey

Mobile technology capabilities and security in mobile device management have become increasingly important to the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and other intelligence agencies. The year 2012 marked a significant year in the progression of its use. In June, the Department of Defense announced a new mobile device strategy, with three main goals:

  1. Advance DoD information infrastructure to support mobile devices
  2. Institute mobile device policies and standards
  3. Promote the use and development of DoD mobile and Web-based applications

BlackBerry 10 supports a unique program developed by RIM, called Mobile Fusion, which allows the Department of Defense flexibility and security to implement this newest strategy. Mobile Fusion is a unique mobile device management platform that provides IT managers and administrators a single interface to access management tasks for RIM, iOS and Android devices. In a business world where it is increasingly commonplace for BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy, Mobile Fusion will be imperative for both business enterprises and government agencies.

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Figure Image via Flickr, by mikecogh

Alan Panezic, the Vice President of Enterprise Product Management and Marketing rightly notes, “For businesses and government, managing a mix of mobile devices on any scale is chaotic. Organizations face pressure to allow employees to bring their own devices into the workplace, and they are looking to RIM as the global leader in the enterprise mobility space to solve that problem.”

BlackBerry’s Enterprise Server has been a crowning attribute for RIM, and has given it impressive reliability amongst large business clients. Now, Mobile Fusion includes non-RIM devices on the server, making mobile device management even easier for companies. This gives RIM a huge advantage in the enterprise marketplace. Not only do businesses enjoy high-grade security, but also all-inclusive management capabilities that are not so seamlessly integrated on other networks.

smart phone

Figure Image via Flickr, by IntelFreePress

Mobile Fusion provides comprehensive functionality for managers, including remote asset, configuration, security, application, and policy management, security and protection for lost or stolen devices. RIM is a global leader in mobile device security, and Mobile Fusion supports remote security and protection for lost or stolen devices, imperative for entities like the Department of Defense and other intelligence enterprises.

Importantly, Mobile Fusion is a dynamic program. RIM recently released an update that enhances manageability features and increased functionality with iOS and Android devices. While some argue RIM’s inclusivity is a danger to BlackBerry, it can only be beneficial for RIM as a whole. Enterprises will need the security of RIM’s network and the ability for the IT departments to manage devices with other operating systems, making Mobile Fusion RIM’s secret weapon to sustainability, growth and further entrenched reliability. 

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