In the enterprise, ensuring employees have access to authorized and approved apps is a big challenge. Public app stores make getting apps easy and tend to be the first place employees turn when they need apps to increase their productivity, but as Gartner warns, "Apps downloaded from public app stores for mobile devices disrupt IT security, application and procurement strategies".
To protect data and meet employee’s expectations of easy access to apps, enterprises need to provide well-curated app stores with apps that have been tested for application compatibility and conformity to corporate policies. The speed at which new apps and updates can be tested and made available will be a deciding factor in encouraging employees to turn to your enterprise app store first.
Managing the constant change of software and updates in an increasingly complex enterprise-computing environment requires a high degree of automation. In Kaspersky Lab’s Global IT Risks Report, “IT Security Threats and Data Breaches Perception versus Reality: Time to Recalibrate”, Kaspersky indicated that “of those respondents who felt ‘managing change’ was a top concern, 30% said that the deployment and management of application virtualization technology was their biggest challenge, while 35% said that for them it was the integration of mobile devices.”
"...only 52% of all businesses surveyed regularly patch or update software – an important task in preventing malware attacks or data breaches."
Kaspersky Lab’s Global IT Risks
Standardizing and automating the Application Readiness process for physical, virtual, and mobile apps enables more agile releases and consistent quality. Automating the entire process from request to installation of apps on the employees device, ensures a better user experience and removes the possibility of manual errors and delays from the process. Keeping software current not only reduces risk from threats, it also keeps employees happy and helps reduce their dependence on “Shadow IT”.
Learn more about developing a continuous Application Readiness process with these white papers: