According to ABI Research, as many as 1 billion smartphones will be added to the marketplace over the next half decade. Many of these devices will be used in a BYOD capacity, meaning that a company’s employees will use their devices for work purposes. And while BYOD policies help protect data using encryption and authentication protocols, similar to Apple’s free Configurator tool that allows up to 30 iOS devices to be configured simultaneously, increasingly stronger forms of mobile device management are necessary.
Encryption has always been part of the idea behind both iphone management and patch management software, but increasingly companies are needing it to further protect themselves from hackers and their competitors. Consumer Intelligence Research Partners recently surveyed 1,000 consumers and found that one in five plan to use their iPads for work, leading their bosses to scramble for effective iPhone security measures that work on iPads just as effectively. With patch management software, all of this and more is normally covered, allowing antivirus applications to be configured and updated through one portal instead of through every single device in operation.
Why is all of this patch management software necessary, when tools like the Advanced Encryption Standard, or AES, algorithm is widely considered unbreakable, even by the savviest of hackers? Because new technologies are being created every day to try and break AES, which was originally released in 1998 and three years later adopted formally by the U.S. government as a standard, as well as other complex algorithms.