Mobility has recently been listed as the most important emerging technology by manufacturing CEOs, plenty of appetite clearly exists but implementation remains a challenge and mobility has been slow to gain ground in manufacturing.
A recent survey conducted by SolutionsPT found that 73% of manufacturing companies saw ‘mobility’ as a key priority for their business but security concerns are extremely high. Most manufacturers perceive the major risk to be centered on ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) capabilities. IT Managers regularly raise concerns around devices being brought into facilities leaving networks exposed to security attacks.
One solution to counteract this is for the organisation to buy-in mobile devices that are then made accessible to operators as part of a shared pool. It is then easier to control how devices connect to the system whilst also managing the level of access granted to each different user. The potential cost-saving and operational benefits of mobile computing technology is clearly exciting but manufacturers must ensure that they are adopting the correct solutions to meet their specific needs and take the necessary steps to ensure they are doing so safely and securely.
Understanding the differences ‘COPE’ vs ‘BYOD’
Techopedia defines the latest mobility buzzword COPE (Corporate owned, personally enabled) as being the polar opposite of BYOD (bring your own device). BYOD is a strategy in which employees bring their own tablets and devices to work, rather than attaining them from their employer. COPE is an IT business strategy through which an organisation buys and provides computing resources and devices to be used and managed by employees.
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