How Android Enterprise and Mobile Device Management ensure high data security

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ensures that personal data such as banking or medical information is treated sensitively and protected from data misuse across the European Union. Companies must also ensure that personal data is protected, otherwise there will be severe penalties. To meet their data security requirements, many companies rely on Android Enterprise and Mobile Device Management (MDM) software, among other things.

The boundaries between professional and private life are becoming increasingly blurred. Therefore, companies and employees must ensure that sensitive business data and individual employee privacy are protected. The first is defined by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): it sets clear rules for the processing of personal data. In addition, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provides a clear separation between business data and private data. In order to use mobile devices in compliance with the GDPR, it is necessary to separate the user’s business from private data.

In practice, this can be quite a challenge – particularly in light of “bring your own device” (short: BYOD) and “company-owned, personally enabled” (short: COPE). BYOD describes the ability for employees to use their own mobile devices such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones for work purposes. In COPE, the devices are provided by the respective company and also used privately by the employees. Although BYOD and COPE bring benefits such as increased employee satisfaction or lower costs, there is a risk that employees will mix private and business data on their end devices. With both management modes, there is no longer a clear separation of data, as provided by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Clear Data Separation with MDM Solution and Android Enterprise

Companies have to meet this challenge with technical means. This is particularly successful with MDM software. In combination with Android Enterprise, for example, a separate user workspace can be clearly used on the device. The result: the personal area is clearly separated from the work area – including the data saved in each case. In general, companies can use…