Keys to overcome corporate challenges

Its time to strike a balance with corporates and deliver what users want and what IT needs.Move over Generation X and Y, there’s a new movement capturing headlines – the Tablet generation. It seems consumers (many of whom who are also the employees), can’t get their hands on new tablets and smartphones fast enough. But what does that mean for your corporate network? Here are some insights on it:-

The average worker is now carrying 3.5 “mobile devices” on average, according to the iPass Q1 2012 Global Mobile Workforce Report. Most are carrying those devices right into the workplace, expecting the same seamless computing experience previously granted via a laptop or desktop.It’s time for organizations to welcome the Tablet movement with open arms, as it’s showing no signs of stopping. As forecated over the next five years, tablet shipments will increase at an annual growth rate of 48%, with shipments rising from 13.6 million units in 2011 to 96.3 million in 2016.

The issue isn’t “if” one should allow employees to use personal devices for work-related communications and file sharing, the question is “how”? How to give employees the access they need to the content they want, without sacrificing security?

It’s a serious challenge facing enterprises and government agencies, but one that’s easily overcome with the right research and the right solution in place. Here are some insights  must-haves to help and overcome such challenges, while enabling your growing mobile workforce:

  1. Heterogeneous platform support:  It’s important to be able to support any devices that may enter the fray, including Android, Windows, and BlackBerry.
  2. Automated encryption: To lower data breach risks, file sharing/collaboration solution of choice should encrypt data both in transit and at rest, across all mobile devices – whether in a public or private cloud configuration.
  3. Anytime, anywhere access: The odds are good that documents exist in multiple places across your enterprise, whether in SharePoint, Windows File Servers, or another enterprise content management system.  Ideally, users should be allowed instantly to view, edit, and share documents via a single, secure access point – from a laptop, tablet, or smartphone – without the need for a virtual private network (VPN).
  4. Around-the-clock file protection: Extend organization’s established content/file monitoring policies by integrating with commercially available data loss protection and antivirus solutions,
  5. Just say “no” to Dropbox and others: A 2012 survey suggests employees secretly access consumer cloud collaboration solutions in the workplace because their own organizations don’t provide effective alternatives. Don’t be left in the dark about where your confidential files are being sent and to whom. Provide a proven, enterprise-class Dropbox alternative that allows to prohibit the use of insecure workarounds.
  6. Required enterprise integrations: Ensure that the solution evaluating will support your existing infrastructure, applications, and security processes, such as LDAP, Active Directory, single sign-on, authentication, FTP, SMTP, and data leak protection.
  7. Centralized IT management: Easily configureTablet user permissions and manage user policies and profiles, including role-based access controls from a single, web-based interface.
  8. Complete tablet control:To make sure that your enterprise data doesn’t get into the wrong hands, it’s important to ask about remote monitoring, logging, and wiping capabilities, to provide much-needed visibility and control should a device be lost or stolen.

The time is now to give users the ubiquitous access they want from their cherished mobile devices, while extending tight security to every file and every device within your organization. The tablet movement is on – embrace it.

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