Among those potential obstacles are security and compliance. If business leaders can’t be certain that sensitive data won’t fall into the wrong hands, they will have no choice but to limit their company’s mobile capabilities. They will also have to limit mobility if they can’t ensure that mobile access fulfills all regulatory mandates regarding the use and sharing of sensitive personal information.
Fortunately, two technologies — containerization and app wrapping — are proving to be very useful in enabling companies to fully reap the business benefits of bring-your-own-device and corporate-owned mobility initiatives while safeguarding data.
What is Containerization and What Does it Do
Containerization allows a given set of applications to run in their own dedicated runtime container on the mobile device. This accomplishes several important objectives:
- It provides apps and data an extra layer of protection from mobile malware infections and from unauthorized users who get hold of a lost or stolen phone.
- It separates business apps and data from an employee’s personal content, which enables a company to wipe business content from a lost or stolen phone without touching personal photos and contact lists.
- It allows specific policies regarding encryption, data sharing and other technical attributes to be applied to targeted sets of apps and data.
These functions all help take the risk out of mobility while facilitating streamlined, policy-based device provisioning.
What is App Wrapping and What Does it Do
App wrapping differs from containerization in two important ways. First, it is specific to each individual application. Second, it applies a management layer directly to the application without changing it, so it doesn’t have to be performed by a trained developer.
App wrapping also accomplishes several important objectives:
- It enables implementation of app-specific policies for data encryption, app-to-app data sharing and other security/compliance controls.
- It enables remote management of those policies so they can be updated and modified as required over time.
- It eases the portability of apps between multiple operating systems (such as Apple iOS, Android and Windows Phone).
- It simplifies implementation of single sign-on for multiple apps.
- It enhances availability and disaster recovery by speeding secure remote reinstallation of apps.
Because containerization and app wrapping complement each other, mobility decision-makers should decide how best to use them in tandem with each other to achieve their security and compliance objectives, while also optimizing the user experience and minimizing administrative costs.
Those who want to move ahead more aggressively with mobility and need to be confident about security and compliance should consider implementing containerization and app wrapping.
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