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When it comes to protecting edge devices, corporations know they’ve got a problem. Corporate data is dispersed across a plethora of devices: desktops, laptops, smartphones, and tablets; multiple geographical locations, and different operating systems. Moreover, don’t forget ownership issues. Many businesses actively encourage their employees to bring their own devices (BYOD); others look the other way when their users do. Either way, if corporate data exists on those devices, IT needs to protect it and keep it safe. IT also needs to backup data from 3rd party cloud platforms like Office 365 or Google Drive.
Businesses know they should be backing up this data, securing it, and using it for compliance and collaboration. However, accomplishing this level of endpoint protection is a different story. The primary challenge isn’t awareness; it’s the lack of effective and manageable tools for endpoint data.
The question isn’t why but how?
Several independent software vendors (ISV) have introduced a hodgepodge of endpoint protection tools. Not all of these support multiple devices, locations, and platforms or provide the transparency and manageability that is sorely needed. Here is what to look for:
Find an endpoint protection solution that runs on a wide variety of edge devices including tablets, iPads, and smartphones; IOS and Android; and laptops and desktops. (Yes, desktops are still used. If the user stores most or all data on the hard drive, that data is unprotected.) Look for a simplified user interface and robust admin features under the hood, and go for ease-of-use for users. Some corporate management applications can be a nightmare on a smartphone, and users will avoid it – especially if it’s their smartphone. Invest in user-friendly mobile backup, "anytime/anywhere" access, and simple self-service.
Automated backup, encryption, and simplified configuration are all important. Look for application-aware deduplication that enables efficient backup over interconnected networks. Backups and restores should be non-intrusive and running transparently in the background. You will also want to support file-sharing and data storage for secure business-wide collaboration from any protected device.
Security is critical. Look for an offering that meets ISO 27001 security standards, which supports continuous protection of your data. Also look for geo-location location features and remote data-wiping, policy-driven profile management, and robust analytics.
KeepItSafe Endpoint Protection is the only unified enterprise endpoint protection so0lution that offers backup, file sharing, collaboration, and data-loss prevention (DLP).
Businesses looking to protect valuable data on laptops and other devices need to consider how widely fragmented data has become thanks to greater BYOD workforce. Protecting data from human error, malware and theft becomes more complicated if data protection is distributed across vast geographic distances and complex network topologies.
KeepItSafe purpose-built Endpoint Protection to protect your distributed mobile workforce with enterprise-class backup and archiving designed to simplify data protection and collaboration across an environment of servers, clouds, and edge devices.
Having a custom mobile endpoint protection plan in place allows you to keep IT safe and mitigate data loss and data breach at the edge while maximizing network and end-user performance. Reach out today to review your data protection strategy and ask for a free assessment.
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