Time for a new business device? Don’t forget security!

Mobile devices are playing an increasingly important role in business life. Good devices enable you to create a strong mobile eco-system. But, it is vital to select a brand which can seamlessly connect to your organisation and guarantee the security of your business-critical data. There are a variety of ways available for suppliers to approach the security issue.

Malware is becoming more sophisticated and is occurring with ever-increasing frequency on mobile phones. Just think, for instance, about mobile ransomware, where the smartphone is held to ransom and released only after payment is made. But there are also data breaches perpetrated by hacking or theft, which can cause huge problems. Therefore, when selecting a business device for your employees, it is important to be very familiar with the differences between brands in terms of security precautions.

Each with their own approach

All developers integrate a form of security into their system, but they do this in different ways. Let us take, for example, two of the most popular operating systems for business devices: iOS and Android.

  • iOS; Apple has always focused a great deal on the area of security. This is evident in the design and functionality of its products. Regular software updates, encryption methods and Mobile Device Management options make iOS devices secure and capable of being controlled by both (business) users and IT administrators.
  • Android; Android developers have decided to add an additional layer of protection to their software, known as the “Android for Work” feature. This feature enables employees to keep their business data and apps separate from personal data by creating a work profile. Business content within the profile can be managed and removed remotely without any personal data being affected. In addition, there is encryption at disk level to ensure that data can only be retrieved by using a password.

Regardless of whether you prefer a more open or more closed operating system, it is vital that the devices always remain user-friendly and manageable. For example, this can be done by integrating a large proportion of the security settings as standard in advance so that your IT department doesn’t waste valuable time on implementing extended configurations.

Other key aspects

Apart from focusing on security, it is also a good idea for you to look, for instance, into the total cost of the devices. Some devices seem, at first glance, to be more expensive due to their higher purchase price, but end up being more cost-effective because they have a higher residual value or produce larger savings in terms of operational (management) costs.