Mobility

Improving Mobile Device Security and Management with Active Directory

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Executive Summary

As more and more workers bring personal devices to work for increased productivity and mobile access organizations must quickly respond to the security and compliance risks posed by largely unmanaged access to corporate information. Enterprises can expect to see tablet sales alone increase by 250% in 2012, primarily iPads, which users are connecting to corporate email and other network services at unprecedented rates. To address these trends IT organizations need to deploy comprehensive and cost-effective solutions that secure and manage all the devices that are part of this 'consumerization of IT' trend -- iOS and Android smart phones and tablets and Mac OS laptops.

Given the increasing proliferation of mobile devices, mobile security and device management is gaining greater significance and priority within IT organizations. Over the last few years large numbers of vendors have rushed in to attempt to address this need, but unfortunately first generation Mobile Device Management solutions have been designed and built to force enterprises to deploy complex new infrastructure that creates yet another management and policy silo that is difficult to manage. Enterprises are now looking for second generation mobile management solutions that will let them manage mobile devices in a straightforward and "friction-less" way that leverages their existing infrastructure, skill sets and processes.

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