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How MDM can help in GDPR compliance

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Is your organization often becoming a victim of cyberattacks? Is compliance with GDPR overwhelming for you? Have you ever get penalized for non-conformance with GDPR? Now you can set your mind at ease because we are going to inform you about an MDM solution that can help you in achieving GDPR compliance in the most convenient way.

The excessive use of mobile devices for performing daily business activities is generating novel attack vectors and threat agents. These actors are always on the hunt to exploit vulnerabilities of existing systems to materialize an attack for stealing sensitive information. For the best interest of customers and vendors, GDPR compliance came into existence so that information remains secure, and all business activities can be done in a reliable manner.

What is GDPR?

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an EU regulation that ensures customers have full control over their personal data. It enlists rules and protocols for collecting personal data, processing it, and keeping it secure throughout its life cycle. From 2018, all organizations are abide to comply with GDPR, and in case of non-conformance, the business will have to face a penalty of up to 20 million.

How MDM can help in achieving GDPR compliance

Mobile Device Management, also known as MDM, can help organizations devise policies and restrictions that help in demonstrating conformance to GDPR. It allows administrators to have full control over the mobile devices of employees so that unnecessary transactions can be minimized to avoid the risk of data disclosure. The following are some of the ways in which MDM can help in achieving GDPR compliance.

Restrict device to approved applications

The privacy by default and privacy by design requirements of GDPR demands businesses to have control over customer data either at rest, processing, and transit. With the help of the kiosk mode feature, admins can lock down a mobile device of the employee to approved apps so that he cannot access other features of the device. This avoids unauthorized sharing of data as employees work in a very controlled environment and have access to approved apps only. Apart from this, MDM also provides application-blocking features so that all unnecessary apps can be blacklisted. It allows the admin to manage configurations, security settings, pre-defined log-on credentials, and runtime permissions so that access of the app to the device’s resources and data can be restricted.

Data loss prevention policies

To ensure the privacy and confidentiality of data, MDM allows the admin to deploy DLP policies in which peripheral controls and settings of mobile devices can be blocked. For instance, it can disable the camera, Bluetooth, copy-paste functionality, screenshot capturing, USB data sharing, and NFC. In addition to this, it enables admin to enforce stringent password policies so that employees set a robust password comprising alphanumeric and special characters of specific length so that unauthorized access can be minimized.

Compliance standards

Using MDM, admins can set compliance standards in which all the policies of GDPR rules and regulations can be deployed. For instance, to prevent unauthorized disclosure password policy compliance standards can be configured in MDM so that whenever a device does not comply with that policy it will be automatically locked or disconnected from the network. In the meantime, the notification will be sent to the admin so that necessary actions can be taken to prevent GDPR non-compliance and cyber attacks.

Data destruction and retention

The GDPR legislation specifically focuses on data retention and destruction if it is no longer needed, or customers’ requests to remove their information. Using MDM, the admin can remotely erase all data of the device if it’s lost, stolen, or no longer required.

BYOD policies

As the BYOD trend is on the rise, securing customer data on those devices is equally important and cannot be neglected. The MDM solution leverages containerization approaches to segregate work and personal space on mobile devices. All the work-related apps and data are stored on the work profile and employees cannot copy data from this profile to their personal space.  Admin can set policies, compliance standards, and approved apps on the work profile of employees’ devices and manage it remotely.

Vantage MDM for GDPR compliance

Different device management solutions are available in the market for controlling employees’ devices. Out of them, Vantage MDM is the most appropriate solution for ensuring compliance with GDPR. It provides different features to deploy approved apps, manage their configurations, employ DLP policies, set compliance standards, and wipe data of devices remotely. Other than these features, it provides a user-friendly dashboard that can be used to manage devices and deploy policies. Try Vantage MDM now and start managing your device in conformance with GDPR rules.

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