Securing the Apple mobile enterprise takes context

Apple’s prescence has expanded from being the brand behind a few Macs in the creative department; it is now a key mobile and productivity provider across every top enterprise. But even Apple’s platforms face security challenges as people work remotely. I caught up with Truce Software CEO Joe Boyle to discuss Apple in the workplace and his company’s approach to managing the mobile enterprise.

Apple goes to work

“It feels like Apple and the enterprise are practically synonymous today,” Boyle said.

Even those companies that don’t issue Macs and iPhones themselves are likely to support their use by employees. “With a growing ecosystem of enterprise partners available, it has become possible to completely outsource and automate the entire lifecycle of Apple devices,” he said.

“The consumerization of IT has caused a seismic shift in favor of Apple’s growing presence in the enterprise. From an enterprise mobility standpoint, we’ve seen growth and expansion of Apple devices across various industries and use cases. Companies want to leverage the power of the iOS platform to enable a more connected and better-equipped workforce.“

There are other trends, too:

  • Employees increasingly use their own devices and computers for work.
  • They are more engaged than ever in the tech they use.
  • Businesses are adopting a mobile-first approach.

This trend has also driven a change in business processes, said Boyle. “Businesses have transformed workflow processes to be mobile friendly (if not mobile first) to make workers, and operations overall, more efficient,” he said.