Keeping mobile working comprehensively safe is the challenge, says KeepItSafe’s Blacklock
Security has been a major concern since the earliest days of mobile working on the Internet. For some types of organisation it has been the dominant issue, inhibiting their ability to take advantage of the many benefits that mobility can bring. For all employers offering mobile solutions to staff, protecting and controlling data is the other challenge. The clear and present dangers of having unique corporate data on portable devices range from threats to customer information — personal and business — to the deceptively simple problem of incomplete records in head office.
ICT departments need an all-in-one solution to cover all moving endpoints, laptops and tablets and the ever-growing range of smart phones. KeepItSafe Mobile is the only unified enterprise endpoint solution offering data management, data-loss prevention and back-up, file sharing and collaboration with enterprise grade security. It provides organisations with the control they need to protect against unforeseen data catastrophes.
So everyone understands the necessity of endpoint control. What happened with our service is that the initial back-up for mobile devices incorporated effective security elements and the combination quickly matured into a solution for central oversight and control by the organisation of those devices and the data they contain. It can be automatically deployed across a domain, covering any number of devices from dozens to hundreds to more than 10,000, and individually configured according to the device and employee category.
All data on portable devices are backed up according to global policies, usually related to the roles people have and their key file types. Global deduplication across all devices means that neither bandwidth nor storage space is wasted on standard files or common elements. This is extremely efficient but perhaps more importantly ensures that the speed of the essential backup process in the background is not compromised. People are not always on the network when working and creating content so it is important that all data is synced promptly when they return.
Encryption is standard, but on a selective files/folders basis according to corporate policy. In the meantime, encryption and decryption are seamlessly automated and require no user actions.
Clever security features utilise the GPS capability that is now standard in most portable devices. An authorised controller can literally see on a screen map where all devices are at any given time. Remote wiping is standard — if a device is reported lost or stolen, or security rules have apparently been breached, all corporate data can be wiped and access permissions cancelled. When a device is recovered or replaced, the user’s data and access can be restored with a few clicks. This illustrates how device back-up has expanded and matured into endpoint protection and data governance.
KeepItSafe Mobile is currently protecting over 40,000 laptops and other devices globally and is growing fast. The need is understood by all organisations and the ease of deployment and operation of our solution has an international market appeal. A new driver has arisen, in the US market especially: e-discovery is a practical and governance challenge — and always an expensive one — when a court or other authority orders data disclosure. KeepItSafe Mobile makes it relatively much easier for the IT Department to accurately identify data and its locations and relevant metadata for the lawyers or authorities. It can be preserved in auditable form in situ or copied or transferred to a data warehouse for examination over time.
Eoin Blacklock is managing director of KeepItSafe