April 3, 2012
-- Mobile devices have changed the way the world does business. They have created a more accessible, flexible and agile workforce. And to keep up with the popularity and convenience of mobile devices, businesses have instituted policies to allow individuals bring-your-own-
device (BYOD) freedom. Businesses have implemented mobile device management
solutions to help them assure that data, content and policy security are maintained within that BYOD context. But employees who use those various mobile devices have become increasingly concerned with how much personal information companies will have access to while using those devices. The success of BYOD policies teeter on the delicate balance between the security of corporate data and personal information. IT managers must be able to assure that, regardless of the various mobile devices used, there is no breach of company data. Yet individuals should still have the personal freedom to use their own mobile devices for work purposes without fear of their companies accessing their apps, location information, personal contacts and other personal information. Fiberlink's MaaS360 mobile device management platform offers the solutions IT managers need to successfully strike that balance.
Fiberlink, a software-as-
a-service (SaaS) solutions provider with 20 years of experience delivering enterprise mobility management solutions, recently introduced a BYOD Privacy Settings feature that will keep PII data of employees using mobile devices protected. The new feature of Fiberlink's cloud-based MaaS360 mobile device management platform gives IT managers the ability to block the collection of Personally Identifiable Information via personal mobile devices used by a company's employees. The company's IT team selects the privacy settings it wishes to establish and gets to leave the rest to the MaaS360 solutions platform. With the innovative new privacy settings, employees maintain their personal security and their companies maintain their corporate security.
Protecting Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is an increasing legal and policy concern across the globe for both employees and their companies. Yet many companies do not have effective tools to help them protect that data. A Forrester Research report from April 2011 outlines the dilemma. Steps that corporations take to incorporate personal devices, while trying to protect their own data, may "conflict with privacy laws and regulations."
The Managing the Security and Risk Challenges of Personal Devices in the Workplace report points out that the privacy and mobile device management balance gets even trickier for global organizations that must adhere to various privacy regulations in various locations.
Through the Privacy Settings feature, the MaaS360 platform provides the mobile device management solution that allows companies to adhere to PII regulations, respect employees' privacy concerns and meet company data security and policy requirements. With MaaS360, IT managers for companies with BYOD policies can confidently block location services that give addresses, geographic coordinates, WiFi information and IP addresses. The privacy settings can restrict company administrators from seeing information on personal applications and personal data. The platform can provide mobile device management across the various mobile operating systems (iOS, BlackBerry, Windows and Android) and supports Mac and PC computers. With MaaS360's Privacy Settings feature, company policies and security, as well as personal data privacy can be managed under one umbrella allowing both IT and employees to safely and efficiently use and manage the mobile devices of their choice. Fiberlink's Jim Szafranski, Senior Vice President, Products explains: "MaaS360 provides the ability to easily and confidently separate private lives from working lives."
Fiberlink is the recognized leader in software-as-
a-service (SaaS) solutions for secure enterprise mobile device and application management. Its cloud-based MaaS360 platform provides IT organizations with mobility intelligence and control over mobile devices, applications and content to enhance the mobile user experience and keep corporate data secure across smartphones, tablets, and laptops. MaaS360 helps companies monitor the expanding suite of mobile operating systems, including Apple iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone. Named by Network World as the Clear Choice Test winner for mobile device management solutions, MaaS360 is used to manage and secure more than one million endpoints globally. For more information, please visit http://www.maas360.com
For Additional Information Contact:
Joe Palladino or Lesley Sullivan