For the first time, the U.S. government’s Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program’s (FedRAMP) Joint Authorization Board has certified an enterprise mobility management (EMM) platform: IBM MaaS360.

Hazards in the Fast Lane to Mobile Adoption

Over the past decade, the world has experienced exponential growth in the usage of mobile and cloud services, with most people witnessing firsthand how these technologies revolutionize the way we communicate and share information in a second-by-second world.

While many organizations drove forward down the road to mobile mastery, adopting bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies to spur productive collaboration between users on the go, several industries were hamstrung by compliance rules and security concerns. These hurdles made the adoption of these transformative technologies as difficult as pushing an 18-wheeler up a hill.

This idea of continuously monitoring devices and user access to data and documents on mobile devices, all while maintaining industry-specific compliance, was enough to drive even the most adept IT managers into a ditch. But the use of cloud-based EMM capabilities such as MaaS360 provides a fast, efficient and scalable way to ensure trusted mobile interaction.

Highly regulated industries such as government, health care and financial services are under constant scrutiny to adhere to strict security requirements thanks to the sensitive nature of the data that’s quite literally at hand. Compliance often means that these organizations can’t fully leverage mobile or cloud services, keeping them from realizing the potential productivity gains from an enabled mobile workforce. It doesn’t have to be that way.

The Road to Successful Mobility

FedRAMP is a government program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. With the latest P-ATO Certification for MaaS360, federal agencies can now ramp up their mobility initiatives and securely empower their employees to easily collaborate and work on the go.

In an age when data breaches and cyberattacks are continually dominating the headlines, it is imperative that organizations use mobile solutions that have proven their mettle and have been recognized by the most stringent of official assessments and evaluations. This is the reason MaaS360 has already been adopted by over 50 federal organizations such as the Department of Commerce, General Services Administration and the Department of the Interior, as well as countless other health care and financial organizations.

FedRAMP is one of several essential certifications you should look for in a comprehensive EMM solution. Others include FISMA, SOC 2 Type II, FIPS 140-2 and TRUSTe, just to name a few. Make sure your vendor understands your concerns about the security, confidentiality, integrity and availability of your information and has the right safeguards in place.

Whether you’re an agency with top-secret clearance, a large enterprise with a global team or a small business growing your customer base, you can benefit from a solution for securing devices and data while controlling costs. Take the on-ramp to mobile mastery with this free 30-day trial and see just how quick and simple it is to securely deploy, monitor and manage the devices, documents and data while driving your organization forward on the road to success.

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