By: Diane Benjamin
Nobody reads the lengthy statements before software is downloaded, so you probably don’t know the below.
Search: Mobile Device Management (MDM)
Mobile device management (MDM) is a type of security software that enables organizations to secure, monitor, manage, and enforce policies on employees’ mobile devices.
The core purpose of MDM is to protect the corporate network by securing and optimizing mobile devices, including laptops, smartphones, tablets, and Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices, that connect to enterprise networks. Besides boosting the security of business networks, it also enables employees to use their own devices, rather than corporate-supplied devices, to work more efficiently and be more productive.
Sounds pretty benign so far but it isn’t.
Here’s a list of what you need to worry about
- Your company may be able to remotely wipe your phone, track your location, see all texts, browser history, contacts, pictures, etc. Depending on the access you granted when you added the software, your company could wipe the entire device including your personal pictures, etc. Did you read all the “legalese” and understand what it all meant? Do you trust that an IT admin won’t accidentally click something?
- Do you believe your company is backing up your device in case they screw up and wipe it in error or because of a virus infection at your company?
- If your company is hacked or gets a ransom ware virus the threat may be to wipe all connected servers, pc’s, and mobile devices if they are not paid. Do you trust your company’s IT security to include your personal phone as a part of the hacker’s hostage package?
- Do you trust that Microsoft does not have a flaw in their software that can be exploited?
If a company requires you to install their software, they should provide you their equipment.
Here’s a couple examples that have happened:
Google employee who had her phone remotely wiped after she left employment. (Recent):
The EU removed Outlook from members of parliament a few years ago for privacy concerns.
Remote wipe is a setting when you use outlook app on your mobile device. Login to your account, Settings (gear icon on top right), View all Outlook settings, General, Mobile devices. Users can initiate a wipe, administrators can do more. See image:
The Town of Normal disabled webmail access from trustee’s personal cell phones. They can still use webmail from desktop/laptop computers. Instead, Normal requires Trustees to install the Outlook app on their personal cell phones. Gee, I wonder why big brother would want to do this? They claim it’s for security. Sure.