Security is often a top priority for businesses that own computers and other devices for their employees to use. But now that mobile technology is become increasingly prominent in many workplaces, employees are likely to do work from their own devices, such as smartphones and tablets. Though your company doesn’t necessarily own these devices, they can still contain sensitive and important data that you want protected.
So how do you make sure these devices are secure?
This increasingly prominent issue is why Codeproof Technologies Inc. recently released its cloud-based mobile security system for Android and iOS devices.
Built on the Amazon cloud, Codeproof currently supports all Android phones and tablets, iPhones, iPads, and Kindle Fire tablets. Some of Codeproof’s features include mobile antivirus protection, lost device detection, password and app restrictions, remote configuration of email and wifi, virtual private networks, and more.
The management platform is built to scale with your business as it grows, giving you security for both mobile devices and apps. And setting it up doesn’t require you to have any major technical expertise or an in-house expert.
The basic Codeproof plan is free for one device. The premium account costs $2.99 per device per month or $29.99 per device per year. Once you’ve signed up, you simply enroll your devices by providing your Codeproof account information within the app.
You can log into the management console on your desktop or any other device and find real time data about the security of all devices and apps in your network. The system updates you if it detects any security threats such as malicious apps or jailbroken devices. And you can even check your overall system health and stats like most common apps or most recently downloaded apps.
In the photo above you can see a list of all the devices enrolled for “XYZ Corp.” the mobile policy manager page shows all the devices by name and type. On this page, you can choose a device or group of devices and set configurations and policies meant to enforce security. For example, you could hide the camera or FaceTime apps or restrict in-app purchases on certain devices.
The idea of mobile security is still so new for many small businesses that it is often overlooked entirely. And since its such a growing part of many workplaces, keeping an interest in these devices, whether company-owned or employee-owned, is becoming an essential part of protecting company assets, data, and other resources.
Codeproof is based in Redmond, Washington and was founded last year by Satish Shetty, who formerly worked for Microsoft and McAfee.
As always, a great post about a cool app, Annie. I’m sure many small businesses will find this useful.
This sounds like a good start for the growing BYOD issue companies face. But at $2.99 a month or $29.99 a year, this can add up quickly for a company with a 1000 employees. For a company of a 1000 employees, this equates to nearly $30k a year.
Instead companies need to be thinking along the lines of a solid BYOD policy, which employees must acknowledge, via a signature. As well as a technological solution, which ensures a company’s data is protected. While providing the employees who do engage in BYOD practices assurances that their devices are still their devices. All the while maintaining lower operational costs to the company, to ensure the BYOD program is in the company’s best interest financially.
Unless the security of data is promised while costs are kept at a minimum. It is not in the company’s best interest to allow for BYOD.
Small businesses having an MDM helps businesses in various ways such as greater control & visibility, higher security & privacy, higher productivity, data leak prevention, device anti-thefts and much more. I don’t think cost is an issue when compared to benefit you get from it. Codeproof did a great job in bringing affordable SaaS based Mobile Device Management to SMBs. Prior to that only enterprise had the luxury to deploy expensive Mobile Device Management solution.