The rise of the consumerization of IT has been a blessing to employees. They can bring their mobile devices to work, which enables them to use a platform and operating system to which they’ve become accustomed.

For IT professionals, the rise of consumerization has been a nightmare. Suddenly, they are dealing with multiple operating systems, numerous form factors, and a plethora of digital threats.

How can IT professionals reconcile employees’ desire to use their own devices with the company’s need to keep its data safe? The answer is to add security software to all of these operating systems.

Encryption for Multiple Operating Systems: What to Know

The idea of applying a digital security solution to a wide variety of operating systems sounds daunting, if not impossible. However, the process does not need to be intimidating. There are four things IT departments need to know to keep their valuable information protected from hackers and criminals.

1.  Investing in up-to-date technology is a must

That advice is easier to give than it is to follow in times of budget shortfalls.

There is a strong business case to be made for investing in an IT infrastructure management tool, which will prevent unauthorized users from gaining access. The cost of dealing with data leakage is far higher than purchasing technology that will thwart would-be attackers.

2.  Automation is an effective tool

There are solutions that allow IT staffers to automate tasks, such as pushing security software onto a large number of systems at once.

Automation saves time and money. IT department employees no longer need to spend time figuring out which operating systems they have to secure, and they don’t need to hire specialists in specific operating systems.

3.  Choose platform-agnostic tools whenever possible

There is no shortage of IT infrastructure solutions which support multiple operating systems consistently while offering scalability.

Although single-platform tools work very well for that particular operating system, they do not help when an IT department must safeguard more than one operating system. Web-based tools are generally platform-agnostic, making them the best fit.

4.   Keep track with centralized management

Finally, IT departments must be aware of every device and operating system accessing their networks. If they don’t know who’s using a network, they can’t properly protect it. For example, if an employee uses the corporate network to download and run an unauthorized application, he or she could be putting the business at risk.

That application could be infected with a virus, which could infect every endpoint. Therefore, they need an IT infrastructure tool that enables them to detect, inventory and manage all assets on a network. They shouldn’t bother with a tool that doesn’t tell them everything that’s going on through the network.

Keep Your Corporate Data Secure

Are you searching for a solution that will protect your data on multiple operating systems? At WinMagic, we understand the complications businesses face in order to encrypt data across platforms and devices, so we developed SecureDoc. For almost two decades, our products have safeguarded vital corporate assets of businesses around the world.  Request an evaluation copy today, or request an online demo, so you can see the power of the software in action.

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