Employees’ smartphone logins on company applications seem harmless enough, right? Not quite.

These logins can cause serious security issues that not only cost your organization money but affect its reputation as well. In the 2021 Verizon Mobile Security Index (MSI), 40% of surveyed mobile device inventory “procurement, management and security” professionals reported mobile devices as the largest threat to corporate IT security. Yet, 71% said that “mobile devices are ‘critical to their business.’”

Although they’re quickly becoming a valuable (and permanent) fixture within the workplace, mobile devices present very real security risks that companies shouldn’t ignore. If your enterprise is among those relying on mobile technology, it’s time to protect your organization from security threats that could occur on these devices. Invest in Mobile Device Management (MDM) for added enterprise security defense from costly and damaging breaches.

What Is Mobile Device Management?

Mobile Device Management is a program that gives IT admins control over how company tools and data are accessed and used on mobile devices. MDM tools offer real-time governance over security policy compliance, user access, and more—no matter what device end users are working from.

Your IT team can protect your company from mobile device breaches with MDM features like:

  • Mobile device settings and software regulations
  • Enforced corporate IT mobile compliance
  • Remote management security capabilities, like locking or wiping

To put this in perspective, let’s imagine an employee’s mobile phone is stolen or lost. With MDM, admins can still wipe or lock the personal device remotely to prevent unauthorized access to company applications and data that could lead to breaches. Or, if new iOS or Android software updates come with security improvements, your IT department can restrict mobile app access to users who have installed the updates.

Why Organizations Should Invest In An MDM Program

These mobile security breaches aren’t just expensive — they also harm your reputation with consumers. Over half of respondents in the Verizon MSI indicated that they had experienced significant consequences from mobile device data security breaches, including costly remediation expenses and damage to their reputation.

MDM Programs Provide Cost Savings

The average cost of a data breach increased to $4.24 million in 2021— the highest its been in 17 years, according to IBM’s recent Cost of a Data Breach Report. Data breaches are costly because there’s so much to rectify and so many resources required to troubleshoot what went wrong.

This is an avoidable expense your organization can’t afford. By adding an MDM program to your IT management tech stack, you give your enterprise that extra security boost it needs to avoid a breach in the first place — saving your company a lot of money in mobile breach impact costs.

MDM Programs Help Protect Your Reputation

It takes so much time and effort to carefully cultivate consumer trust in your organization. But when a security breach occurs, it’s only natural that consumers may feel betrayed. After all, they had confidence in your company to keep their personal data safe. So that trust you worked so hard to build is gone in the blink of an eye.

Many companies surveyed in the Verizon MSI reported that they had experienced this backlash after data breaches. About 40% surveyed stated that their company experienced reputation-ramifications, and 23% reported losing business because of mobile-related security compromises.

If you want to maintain trust among consumers long-term, it’s critical that you put security measures in place to protect their data. Mobile Device Management software has quickly become something that’s no longer just a nice-to-have — it’s an essential security feature that’s necessary to keep consumers’ faith in your business.

How To Use Trello’s MDM For Security Across Devices

If you’re using Trello as your enterprise work management tool provider, you can rest easy! Set up Atlassian’s MDM program to safeguard your organization from mobile device security threats.

It works on both iOS and Android devices, whether they’re company- or user-owned, for maximum protection from security breaches. Our Mobile Device Management solution offers a wealth of security controls on both device types — including the mobile application management of access, compliance, and more.

While some features are included in Trello, other MDM features need specific configurations:

MDM Features Requiring AppConfig Setup

Some MDM software security features require configuration via AppConfig. Most of these controls, such as the ones listed below, are for iOS users. Once that configuration is complete, admins can:

  • Disable cut, copy, and paste functionalities from Atlassian applications, including Trello.
  • Block data sharing to other external mobile devices.
  • Enforce identity verification for software access.
  • Stop data uploads to iTunes or iCloud.

In addition to the features above, admins can set up controls on managed devices for both iOS and Android users that prevent logins from accounts not tied to your enterprise.

MDM Controls That Need Internal Setting Configuration

Other MDM solution capabilities must be set up through the user’s respective device settings — either through Apple Mobile Device Management Settings or Android Enterprise. When everything is good to go, your IT department can access the following controls:

  • Restrict Atlassian mobile app access from compromised (or rooted) devices.
  • Turn off screenshot capabilities in internal company mobile software.
  • Require device passcodes and minimum or maximum operating systems for compliance.
  • Deactivate cutting, copying, and pasting within company software (Android only via this configuration).
  • Make users verify their identity for application access (Android only via this configuration).

Built-In Atlassian MDM Functionalities

A few MDM features that are included in Atlassian applications, such as Trello — via Android, iPhone, or other iOS devices — are:

  • Encrypted device data storage (iOS only)
  • Data storage within devices where sharing and backup is disabled

No device enrollment or configuration is needed. These features are all built into the software.

Keep Mobile Work Management Secure On Trello Workspaces

Work management sometimes happens on the go, away from laptops or desktops. Use a tool that offers Mobile Device Management Security, like Trello, to protect your enterprise from mobile cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Contact the Trello Enterprise sales team to learn more. 

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