Apr 06, 2016
MDM Policies Could Make You Feel Like a 5th Grader on iOS
Apple recently released its iOS 9.3 update which will add new features for enterprise mobility management (EMM) vendors to control the look and feel of Apple iOS devices with mobile device management (MDM) profiles. The primary purpose of these capabilities are for the education vertical where shared devices can focus students on classroom materials. That said, with Apple’s dominant role in the enterprise, these same capabilities can and will be applied to adults in the enterprise who use their smartphones to be more productive. Where these new policies are put in place by organizations using MDM, there will be significant pushback by employees. A large percentage of mobile workers own their devices (BYOD) and will refuse to allow IT to implement these policies. Even for the vast majority of corporate owned devices, these policies would be seen as too draconian. In a recent survey, 40 percent of IT security administrators said they don’t subject their own devices to the same policies that they push down with MDM. Some of these capabilities include:
- Enable / Disable Apps: Device admins can control the apps that are available on an iOS device.
- Home Screen Layout Control: MDM can determine the layout of apps, folders, and bookmarks on the home screen.
- Notification Settings: MDM can control which app notifications a user will and won’t see. MDM can mandate the use of banners, alerts, app badges (think: # of unread emails), and sounds.