Here’s why many organisations failed on their MDM deployments


2015 will be the year where enterprises shift from trying to manage and secure an entire mobile device via mobile device management (MDM), claims Pulse Secure in its latest mobile threat report.

Enterprise AppsTech has frequently mused on the state of MDM in enterprise mobile strategy, with opinions divided; some say MDM was a starting point for enterprise mobility, others stress its importance, while many analysts note it as a distinct capability for an integrated enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution.

Pulse Secure argues through its research that organisations fail on MDM because employees object to having their personal devices fall under control of enterprise admins. Instead they envisage a future where only certain portions of the devices that access and store data are secured. This is hardly surprising; the concept of ‘workspaces’ is one Pulse Secure is focusing squarely on having acquired EMM provider MobileSpaces in October 2014. Indeed, Chris Roeckl, Pulse Secure VP marketing, told this publication the one thing the company didn’t want to become was a device management firm.

“This shift will be an attempt to reduce tensions between enterprise admins and the personal device owners over who owns what data and what ability the enterprise has to secure data and lock and wipe devices at their discretion,” the report notes. “Part of this shift will also involve shifts on the part of MDM and mobile AV vendors to determining the overall health of a device prior to granting access to the corporate asset.”

The paper, which was based on data from more than 2.5 million mobile applications, also examined the prevalence of Android malware. In 2014, almost one million (931,620) unique malicious apps were produced, representing a 391% increase from 2013. There were 1,268 known families of Android malware in 2014, compared to 804 in 2013 and 238 in 2012.

The rise of mobile malware continues apace and remains a threat to enterprise with Android particularly singled out – according to Pulse Secure it represents 97% of all mobile malware developed. Yet not everyone is in agreement about calling Android the scapegoat. Ciaran Bradley, SVP solutions and innovation at Adaptive Mobile, told this publication in March how it was mainly user error causing the problems.

“With someone going about their daily business, the chances of getting malware are really low, unless you’ve got some sort of user behaviour whereby someone is doing something and that behaviour exposes them to malware,” he said.

You can take a look at the full report here (email required).

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