Corporate-owned mobile devices have become an essential part of modern business operations, especially in mission-critical industries such as manufacturing and retail where consumer demands demand increased productivity.
By leveraging mobile devices to quickly communicate, take inventory, and perform daily tasks, employees can work seamlessly without relying on paper or being tied to a desktop computer.
However, employees are also humans, and their actions can inadvertently compromise the security of your network.
Without a mobile strategy that proactively addresses these challenges, even enterprise-owned and shared mobile devices can pose significant security risks, waste IT budgets and resources, or become useless. There is a gender.
A 2023 Verizon report estimates that 90% of successful cyberattacks and 70% of data breaches originate from endpoint devices.
Addressing the human factor of device usage is essential to ensuring security and compliance while getting the most out of your mobile investment.
Mobile device human factors
We use mobile phones because they make our lives easier. So if the devices you use at work don’t offer the same experience, doing the simplest tasks can feel like a roadblock, and passwords are one of the biggest.
Employees using shared devices often have to manually log in and out of the device and each application, which can be time-consuming and tedious. As a result, the device remains logged in, increasing the risk of unauthorized access. It also slows down the process if users can’t remember their passwords.
Your organization may use shared logins across devices and applications. However, despite the short-term high-speed access, it creates vulnerabilities. Sharing passwords between endpoints makes them easier to access by unauthorized individuals, increasing the likelihood of a breach.
Lack of accountability in device management also leads to increased costs over time. Employees can leave a device in their pocket and walk out the door and forget to put it back, leading to the device being lost, stolen, or damaged. This is not only a risk, but also a waste of IT resources, and many companies are already working on tight budgets.
Where is my device?
IT teams are responsible for enabling prompt access, monitoring access activity, and securing data accessed on corporate-owned devices.
However, manual asset tracking and inventory management for large fleets of devices can be difficult. Shared devices may be used by multiple individuals or teams, making real-time visibility and control over their usage difficult. Without proper remote management and update capabilities, IT teams struggle to track device activity, configuration, and security status.
Manual tracking processes such as spreadsheets and paper-based logs are prone to human error, slow information updates, and lack of real-time visibility, making it difficult to maintain accurate records of device locations. Masu.
Whether intentionally or unintentionally, employees are becoming more aware of their organization’s security chain, especially considering that in the last year, 81% of organizations faced malware, phishing, and password attacks that primarily targeted users. It can be the weakest link.
Balancing usability and security can feel like a give-and-take game between end users and IT teams, but it doesn’t have to be.
In fact, by adopting a digital identity strategy, today’s organizations are optimizing the functionality of corporate-owned devices to improve productivity, device management, and security.
Optimization for corporate-owned mobile devices
Organizations can significantly reduce the risk of human error by eliminating access barriers and security friction while improving the monitoring and control capabilities of their IT teams. There is a growing demand for personalized and seamless experiences on mobile devices. Enabling this experience with digital identity is key to improving both efficiency and security to optimize IT investments while working with limited budgets.
A digital identity strategy optimizes mobile investments and reduces device loss by providing streamlined access to devices. Users can easily log in to their devices with their unique digital ID using transparent authentication methods such as badges or biometrics and seamlessly access applications with single sign-on (SSO).
This eliminates the need to remember multiple passwords and reduces the amount of time you spend logging into individual apps throughout the day.
By simplifying the login process, users can access shared devices and their applications more efficiently, increasing productivity.
This promotes accountability and tracking, reduces device loss, and drives cost savings.
Automatic provisioning configures and personalizes devices for each user. Depersonalization, on the other hand, removes the user’s credentials and sensitive data at the end of the session. This strategy ensures that no sensitive information is kept between users and sessions.
We are all creatures of habit. Our personal mobile devices run smoothly, so we expect the same at work. Without a clear strategy, organizations can limit the productivity that devices were originally intended to enable. Accounting for human error and focusing on digital identity is critical to streamlining mobile device access and unlocking the cross-functional benefits of mobile investments.