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Five reasons to apply Content Filtering for mobile devices

Five reasons to apply Content Filtering for mobile devices

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Most businesses employ content filtering within the corporate network to block access to unapproved content such as adult sites and personal email accounts. Employees expect to be restricted when working on corporate desktops and laptops but Content Filtering is rarely applied to corporate mobile devices.

Content Filtering can solve many of the most difficult enterprise mobility challenges facing enterprises today. It provides benefits that might have otherwise been unforeseen by IT leaders.

Below are five reasons why Content Filtering on mobile devices can work for your business.

Everything you need to know about Content Filtering on mobile

An intelligent Content Filtering program can solve many of the most difficult enterprise mobility challenges facing companies today. It could be your best defense.

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1. Content Filtering for shadow IT and file-sharing

Shadow IT refers to the introduction of unapproved technical services that conflict with existing IT policy or competing services. Mobility is an especially hard platform to eliminate shadow IT from because it is more difficult to manage a device that can connect to many different networks. IT teams are often unaware of which apps are downloaded, which websites are visited, or which services are accessed on corporate mobile devices. Read more about mobile shadow IT here.

The problem becomes even more difficult when considering sites and apps that can be used for both business and personal use, and whether they are used for harmless or nefarious purposes. Through Content Filtering, IT teams can take back control.

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2. Content Filtering for preventative security

Having devices in your IT infrastructure that can access all corners of the internet introduces risk to your business. Wandera research discovered adult and gambling content categories are far more likely to leak data, employ unencrypted technologies and otherwise expose organizations to risk.

Content Filtering is a proactive approach to security. It provides the functionality to block high-risk sites and apps, which eliminates exposure to many threats before they even manifest.

3. Content Filtering for productivity gain

Although the CIO and their team are tasked with maintaining information security, they must also support employee productivity. This includes putting mechanisms in place that stop workers from engaging in time-wasting activities. By blocking recreational activity on employee devices, businesses can gain an average of 30 minutes of productivity from each employee during a typical working day.

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4. Content Filtering for legal concerns

Corporate liability and vicarious liability laws ‘hold employers liable for the actions of their employees. Companies have been held responsible for a range of offences, from sexual harassment when coworkers use work laptops to view sexually explicit content, to copyright infringement.

Although companies do not have a duty to monitor the private communications of their employees, the Human Resources department must ensure that no employee is subject to an intimidating, hostile or offensive workplace. Preventing employees from accessing content that includes pornography, weapons and hate speech can help keep some types of inflammatory materials out of the workplace and reduce the risk of litigation.

5. Content Filtering for mobile expense management

Content Filtering on mobile devices also provides an opportunity to gain a tangible return on investment. Preventing users from accessing undesirable content prevents unnecessary charges, saving the company money. This is especially effective when they are abroad where roaming costs are high.

Conclusion

Content Filtering on mobile devices is shifting from a should-have to a must-have. It’s time to dedicate the same level of scrutiny and resource to managing mobile devices as desktop computers have received for decades.

To learn more about Content Filtering read the whitepaper here.

Everything you need to know about Content Filtering on mobile

An intelligent Content Filtering program can solve many of the most difficult enterprise mobility challenges facing companies today. It could be your best defense.

Find out more