Deploying mobility without a plan is a recipe for disaster

By Trent Fierro, Blog Contributor
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Organizations that haven't officially rolled out enterprise mobility are now finding that they need to play catch up to build out enforcement policies as users get Wi-Fi access at work and use enterprise data on personal devices.

Mobility and security should work together to ensure that your employees and your business stay productive and protected. What's needed is a plan that covers infrastructure, users' needs, and a strong security posture.

So where does someone get started? They can work with a partner, or a vendor, or ask their friends, but they often don't know what to ask.

The Definitive Guide to Secure Enterprise Mobility from Aruba Networks is a great place to start. It includes easy-to-use templates that help you to identify your organization's mobility requirements and the strongest possible security to meet those requirements.

Some of the issues the guide helps to address include the following:

  • Leveraging your existing infrastructure
  • Securing open guest networks
  • Differentiating access per user roles
  • Supporting BYOD use
  • Handling device compliance for IT-managed and BYOD

Mishandling any of these issues can lead to lost productivity, loss of information, and an impact on IT and users. Make sure you map out workflows and plan for the inevitable.

Including stakeholders and identifying the impact on internal resources are also important. Mobility changes the game as users can connect from anywhere, at any time, with any device. Find out how mobility impacts the security team, the help desk and even desktop services. Time spent upfront will definitely help on the backend.

Lastly, keep it simple. Users tend to play by the rules if security is transparent.

If you haven't already, check out the Definitive Guide to Secure Enterprise Mobility for some concrete ideas on how to get started or fix a deployment that's gone down a perilous path. Download the guide at