The emergence of Mobile Device Management (MDM) has allowed organizations to control and secure employees’ corporate-issued and personal mobile devices. Today, MDM offers much more than remotely managing or monitoring mobile devices! MDM enables organizations to securely manage and configure applications, content and more on smartphones, tablets, desktops, laptops, and other kinds of technology.
What is a Mac MDM?
macOS devices are widely used across the globe, primarily for their easy-to-use interface. However, managing macOS devices can be challenging as different devices play different roles. This facilitates the need for Mac MDM to monitor, manage, and secure macOS devices.
IT and MDM administrators can now manage macOS devices through the Mac MDM software solution. Mac MDM enables you to enroll your own devices and organization-owned devices automatically through Apple Business Manager or Apple School Manager to distribute apps and content, update software and device settings, monitor compliance with organizational and security policies, and lock or erase data on the devices.
Managing MacOS devices with Mac MDM
Managing macOS devices requires you to enroll them into the Mac MDM solution through Apple Business Manager. The enrollment profile will allow the MDM solution to issue commands and configuration profiles containing payloads that load settings and authorization information onto the devices. There can only be one enrollment profile in a device at a time, and the removal of the enrollment profile will result in the removal of configuration profiles, settings, and managed apps from that device.
Once the enrollment is approved, apps, content, and security policies can be remotely distributed, configured, and managed. The devices are then ready to be deployed to actual users and can be securely managed and monitored to ensure they are compliant with security policies.
The integration of Apple Business Manager with MDM solutions for Mac facilitates OOTB (Out-of-the-Box) deployment, allowing new devices to be enrolled and managed by the Mac mobile device management dashboard before issuing them over to the employees.
Securing MacOS devices with Mac MDM
Today’s digital-driven world consists of many threats, and most of them are unseen! Retrieving private information from mobile phones, tablets, and other devices has become easier than ever, and cyber security has become the top concern for every organization. Important corporate information on devices should be secured, and using Mac MDM software helps IT manage and enforce security compliance and strong passcodes. You can define the parameters for password policies and enable or disable restrictions to prevent users from accessing specific apps or functions in a device that can lead to security vulnerabilities. These restrictions are sent to devices through the configuration profile.
With the macOS mobile device management’s profile manager, IT can quickly configure many devices with the security policies, applications, and data the organization requires. In addition, it enables IT to update policies remotely without user interaction. Apart from the general configuration settings, the profile manager lets IT enforce organization policies such as defining the types of networks the device can connect to, restricting the use of cameras on devices, disabling specific system preferences in macOS, and locking or wiping data from a lost device, remotely.
Choosing the right MDM solution is critical for any organization to modernize its workplace, improve productivity, tackle security threats, and empower IT to manage and monitor devices, apps, and content securely.
ManagEngine (Only for basic outline, no specific points to their MDM were taken)