February 20, 2019

What is EMM and How Can You Use it?

When discussing endpoint management and enterprise mobility, you’ll often hear the term “EMM.” What is EMM? What does it have to do with enterprise mobility? And, how can you use it for your organization’s benefit?

To help you improve your enterprise, we’ll discuss the meaning of EMM and how your enterprise can use it to improve security and efficiency.

A Simple EMM Definition

The simple answer for “what is EMM?” is that the term EMM is an acronym for enterprise mobility management. Enterprise mobility management is a solution (or combination of solutions) that is designed to centralize the management, configuration, and security of devices used in an organization.

EMM is sometimes conflated with mobile device management (MDM) or mobile application management (MAM). However, MDM and MAM are usually components of an EMM solution rather than the whole solution. To explain it another way, MDM and MAM are like the cylinders in a car engine—they’re critical components and the engine (EMM solution) wouldn’t work without them, but they’re not the whole engine.

Enterprise mobility management solutions have four critical components:

  1. Mobile Device Management. MDM solutions allow you to control the mobile devices in an enterprise. These solutions can allow the IT security team to remotely wipe or lock devices to prevent unauthorized users from accessing critical data. MDMs often use an “agent app” that is installed on the device to allow admins to set policies and trigger other actions.

  2. Mobile Application Management. MAM solutions allow admins to set policies and rules for specific applications on an endpoint device—though the way these solutions are delivered may vary. As noted by TechTarget: “Some apps have specific MAM APIs built in, while others rely on the device-level MAM APIs in most major mobile operating systems.”

  3. Mobile Content Management (MCM). These solutions control which applications on an endpoint device are able to access and transmit specific corporate datasets. This, essentially, creates a whitelist of approved apps and keeps any apps not on the whitelist from doing anything with sensitive data.

  4. Identity and Access Management (IAM). As the name implies, identity and access management solutions help control who can access an endpoint device and its apps, when and where they can access these resources, and how they access these resources. IAM solutions are critical for ensuring that only the right people can access the information stored on a device or database.

EMM platforms gather all of these mobility management tools into a single, easy-to-manage solution.

How You Can Use Enterprise Mobility Management for Your Business

So, how can you use a mobility management solution for enterprises? You can leverage EMM solutions to:

  1. Increase Security for Mobile Devices in Your Organization. By leveraging MAM, MDM, MCM, and IAM tools in the mobility management platform, you can remotely control apps and data on mobile devices as well as restrict access to sensitive information—increasing the overall security of mobile devices.

  2. Enforce BYOD Policies. Many enterprises allow employees to use their own personal laptops, tablets, and smartphones for work tasks. However, using personal devices for both work and personal tasks is inherently less secure than having a dedicated device. Employees may download malware by visiting unsecured websites or opening the wrong link in a personal email account—exposing the company’s data and network to risk. Using an EMM solution to enforce bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies and rules helps to limit that risk. Though, the use of the EMM on the employee’s device does need to be clearly communicated to the employee before the installation of the local client—especially if the MDM portion of the solution may be used to delete data from the device or lock it down.

  3. Track Enterprise Devices. Enterprises invest significant resources in mobile devices. So, it’s important to ensure that these devices are as safe from loss as possible. By using security parameter enforcement to enable device location features, enterprises can minimize the risk of a lost or stolen device becoming permanently lost. Additionally, by sharing device location information with law enforcement, enterprises can speed along device recovery and potentially stop a data breach. Without device location information, thieves will have virtually unlimited time to crack the device’s protections.

These are just a few examples of how enterprise mobility tools could be used within your organization.

Of course, while EMM tools are incredibly useful for managing your mobile devices and their data, there are more ways to secure the devices your enterprise uses.

For example, setting custom security policies for your computers, laptops, and smartphones is often necessary for regulatory compliance. This is where custom security tools such as Kandji can help. Kandji is a codeless security configuration tool that gives you easy control over your company’s macOS devices without having to write a single line of code. Simply click on the security parameters you want to enforce and Kandji does the rest automatically.

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