RSA 2016 is just around the corner and the XenMobile team will be there to share the latest XenMobile security enhancements.
We’ll also be there to help you understand that while most Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) vendors–including Citrix–offer Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Mobile Application Management (MAM), not all MAM solutions are the same.
The main difference in MAM solutions is the method applied to protecting application data on the device. Essentially, there are 2 different approaches:
- MAM Method 1: Data is encrypted using device/O.S. level encryption requiring MDM enrollment.
- MAM Method 2: Data is encrypted independent of MDM enrollment and device/O.S. level encryption.
XenMobile is able to provide BOTH methods whereas some vendors only provide Method 1 – MAM with MDM enrollment. While MAM with MDM enrollment might be appropriate for some use cases (e.g. a company-owned tablet used as a type of kiosk), it’s not suitable for BYOD, as most users are generally concerned about their personal privacy and are reluctant to enroll their devices, fearful that IT maybe able to see their personal data.
There’s also a security risk with MAM that relies on device/O.S.-level security. Should the device itself become compromised, there’s a chance that the application data stored on the device will no longer be encrypted. With Method 2, application data would remain encrypted as there’s no dependency on the device/O.S.