Managing Mobile Devices in a World of Jailbreaking

October 8, 2013 Bob Caswell

JailbreakDetection.pngSo what happens in a world where mobile devices are outselling PCs nearly 3 to 1 and employees are already eager to go mobile at work? By now we all know the answer and have come to expect a healthy percentage of employees wanting to bring their own devices (BYOD) to work. But as a result there's another, less obvious trend on the rise: "jailbreaking."

 

For those unfamiliar, jailbreaking (or "rooting") is a term used for the process of circumventing security protocols enabled on mobile devices. This can include booting to a new operating system, "sideloading" unsigned applications, and enabling apps to have "root" access to the device. This can make devices susceptible to certain types of malicious worms as well as more prone to data leaks in some cases.

 

That said, even mainstream publications like Forbes are promoting and encouraging jailbreaking. It can enable a higher degree of customization, that is, if you're willing to put up with the risks associated (and risk tolerance when it comes to data security, as we know, can be quite a different threshold for individuals vs. enterprises). While the majority of iOS users are happy to use their mobile devices as designed, it's telling that in just six weeks, one Jailbreak tool was downloaded by more than 18 million devices!

 

The good news is that SAP is well aware of this trend and has decided to include preconfigured reporting as part of the SAP Mobile Secure rapid-deployment solution (RDS), which just released a few days ago and is designed to help customers go live quickly with SAP's market-leading Enterprise Mobility Management solution. See the below screenshot for an example of, among other capabilities, how easy it is to identify jailbroken devices and quickly disable them from accessing corporate networks.

 

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The SAP Mobile Secure RDS includes Afaria, SAP's award-winning mobile device management solution (MDM) and also includes a solution for secure mobile sharing of enterprise content (MCM), and a solution for app encryption, a discipline of mobile app management (MAM). The entire package can be deployed, implemented, and configured in a matter of weeks. For more details on the Mobile Secure RDS, check out its landing page on the SAP Service Marketplace. Or feel free to leave a question or comment below.

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