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How MDM can help SMEs work remotely

The COVID – 19 outbreak has the world working from their homes. The only cure we have right now is remain social distancing and isolation. Many small-medium enterprises (SMEs) have shifted their employees to work from homes and the rest and getting prepared for it.

As one of the SMEs, you may have concerned about allowing remote work for your employees, such as management, productivity, security, and so on. Here, it is a list of capabilities from Hexnode Mobile Device Management  (MDM) for SMEs considering the switch should put your mind at ease: 

1. Easy Deployments

‘Zero-Touch’ device deployment solutions and no it is not a custom name for social distancing. SMEs can monitor device health and status after enrolment via the Hexnode MDM portal. Hexnode provides several open enrollment methods. The enrollment details are sent to the users via e-mail, as a message and QR code for bulk deployments.

Zero-touch enrolment methods include Apple business manager and Apple school manager, Android Zero Touch, Samsung Knox, and Android ROM/OEM enrollments.

Enterprise enrollment methods include Android Enterprise, Active Directory, Azure AD, Self-Enrollment, Apple Configurator and pre-approved enrollments.

2. Pre-Configuration

Hexnode MDM is to pre-configure policies and push them to devices at the time of enrollment. Settings like mandatory applications, device restrictions and advanced restrictions, password policies, kiosk policies, application permissions, configurations and cataloging, security policies and more are pre-configured are sent so that the devices are ready for work as soon as it is enrolled.

3. Restrictions

Hexnode MDM provides an unmatched array of restrictions and granular control over your devices like:

Mandating a passcode for securing enterprise data. The password quality can be set along with the frequency for updating this ensures that the corporate data always stays safe.

Button controls like Home, power, along with airplane mode, safe mode, lock screen shortcuts, home screen widgets, lock screen timeout and orientation can all be enabled and disabled from the Hexnode MDM portal.

Besides, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, mobile data, tethering and the ability to copy and paste between work and personal apps are frequently used to ensure higher security. GPS settings can be enabled or disabled along with the ability to set a mock location and the provision to force a location fetch. And finally, blocking the ability to remove the MDM on the device can also be setup.

4. Location Tracking and Geo-fencing

Hexnode MDM provides a very precise location tracking and geo-fencing capability. SMEs can track their employees remotely. Hexnode also allows to integrate the map API of your choice beside the default services. This can ensure that employees are staying safe and working at home.

The geofence policies can be used to monitor employees by setting up a fence around their home. Leaving the fence will send an alert to IT admin or business owner via email, portal alert, sms, and so on.

5. Remote actions

These include Remote view, remote control, remote wip. SMEs to view their employee work progress on their screens. This can help SMEs keep tabs on ones that require attention. It can also come in handy for assistance and clearing and doubts or questions related to device operation.

6. Remote Control

The remote-control feature in Android devices (Android Enterprise, Knox devices, Rooted devices) can be used to remotely fix issues faced by the users as per requirement.

The remote wipe is an essential feature if you think someone is straying off guidelines with sensitive corporate data. SMEs can remotely lock or wipe such data from their devices to ensure security.

7. Application, network management, Encryption

Hexnode’s Data management and network management can be used to restrict and monitor where and how corporate data is used. In cases where the enterprise feels there is a breach or possible security threat remote actions can be leveraged to remove and secure the data.

Application management can aid in blacklisting the unnecessary applications, the whitelisting of applications is also available on the Hexnode MDM portal. Whitelisting apps ensures that only the whitelisted applications are available for use all the other applications will be considered as blacklisted. Similarly, Whitelisting and Blacklisting of websites is also available. Besides ensuring that the employees are not distracted these policies also ensure that the corporate devices are not used for anything other than work.

Device encryption comes in handy if you want to secure your corporate data on devices used by the employees. Bitlocker for windows and File Vault for macOS devices are the most common examples.

Don’t hestitate to contact our friendly MDM specialist to suggest and provide customize mobility solution that suit to your business. Let’s ask for demo from us by today.

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Enterprise Mobility Strategist & Mobile Security Specialist

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