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Cloud Security Alliance releases ‘Mobile Device Management: Key Components, V1.0’

Sep 20, 20122 mins
Cloud SecurityData and Information Security

The report identifies 17 must-have elements in the lifecycle of a mobile device security program.

As promised, the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has released a report outlining 17 specific elements that need to go into the security lifecycle of corporate mobile device policies.

The whitepaper is one of six parts to the upcoming, “Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Mobile Computing” I told you about yesterday. It’ll be released at the upcoming annual CSA Congress Nov. 7-8 in Orlando.

“As mobile devices have become mainstays in the enterprise, an understanding of the full technology, process, and people implications of MDM will be absolutely required to ensure that the introduction of mobile devices will not compromise security,” says J.R. Santos, Global Research Director of the CSA. “While most companies already have security policies in place, those policies need to be reviewed and possibly updated to account for the many components of mobile technology that we have identified in this report.”

At a glance, the 17 elements are:

1.) Policy

2.) Risk Management

3.) Device Diversity/Degree of Freedom

4.) Configuration Management

5.) Software Distribution

6.) Enterprise AppStore

7.) Content Library

8.) Procurement

9.) Provisioning

10.) Device Policy Compliance and Enforcement

11.) Enterprise Activation/Deactivation

12.) Enterprise Asset Disposition

13.) Process Automation

14.) User Activity Logging/Workplace Monitoring

15.) Security Settings

16.) Selective Wipe/Remote Wipe/Lock

17.) Identity Management/Authentication/Encryption

You can download the full report here.