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MaaS360 Mobile Gateway: A Beacon from Dark Data Access “Tunnels”

Who here hates conference calls? Yep, it's unanimous.

First, there’s the dialing in. Am I supposed to put in my access code or my PIN? Figure that out and then there’s a pretty good chance I just entered at least one of these random sets of numbers incorrectly. Follow that with a lot of time just repeating names so everyone can find out if everyone’s here. Then you have one guy who forgot about the call and someone has to go remind them.

“Has everyone downloaded the presentation?”

No, of course not.

“I can’t seem to get the presentation to load …”

OK, now that that’s all up and running here comes people talking over each other and then someone forgetting to turn off mute so there’s nothing but silence when it’s her turn to speak and then someone else forgetting to turn on mute. Boy does his dog bark a lot. And finally someone just randomly gets dropped from the conference call because … well, technology.

Unfortunately until someone improves on that particular mousetrap we still have to use it. And speaking of irritating things we still have to use: VPN for mobile devices.

What’s the most irritating part about it? Probably having to log in every single time you want to use it? Or maybe it’s the repeated attempt rejections mere minutes after your attempt was accepted. Or when it flat out stops digging your information tunnel? Or it could be when everything works right except you can’t reach locations beyond the VPN server.

If you can get past the hurdles of connectivity, further disappointment arises the first time users log in to see an interface that was built for desktops on a screen that is much smaller in stature and display scale. It’s like when you go to a site that isn’t optimized for mobile, instead of reading content you spend all your time pinching and expanding the screen.

MaaS360 Mobile Enterprise Gateway was simply built for mobile and BYOD. It gives your organization simple, secure access to behind-the-firewall business resources, such as SharePoint, Windows File Share content, Intranet sites and app data. What’s even better is it provides all this unfettered and native experience access to information without requiring changes to your network, firewall security configuration or device VPN.

While Mobile Enterprise Gateways can live as their own module of access security, basic and important foundations for mobility still require consideration for a true Enterprise Mobility Management:

  • Mobile Device Management (MDM): Until we have chips in our heads for receiving data, smartphones and tablets will still need remote locate, lock, block and wipe capability when lost or stolen.
  • Email is still the killer app. With MDM, enrollment is faster, security is tighter and management is consolidated in a dedicated mobile dashboard.
  • Mobile containers have been a BYOD essential for email and sensitive docs in highly regulated markets since the abandonment of tactile desktop keyboards for mobile taps and swipes. While needed for security, containers once sacrificed the native device experience, creating a nightmare in usability and operation. Today, the lid has been blown off the container experience with the much more user-friendly Secure Productivity Suite. With native emulation and editing for all of the office-worker staples from email to Excel, advance permissions giving IT an easy way to manage and distribute permissions, and security controls to granularly control data from forwarding to cut & paste, the benefits far outweigh one simple extra passcode for entry.
  • Apps are rapidly replacing deskbound programs for easier access to data from mobile devices. With the application of an SDK, companies can ensure app security using EMM from MaaS36O as the security backbone.

Any of this sound like an improvement over what you’ve got now? Click here for more information. And don’t worry – it’s not a conference call.

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