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Securing iOS Devices with Google Mobile Device Management

Organizations face increasing threats to iOS device security from stolen devices, malicious apps, and noncompliant users. Thankfully, Google Mobile Device Management (MDM) provides robust tools to lock down iPhones and iPads and enforce compliance.

As part of Google Workspace, Google MDM integrates with other Google solutions for a unified approach to mobility management. IT administrators gain granular control and visibility over the iOS fleet.

Let's explore how Google MDM enables comprehensive iOS security through passcode and encryption policies, access restrictions, threat monitoring, and compliance enforcement. As an administrator, you can implement these controls for the safety and security of your organization's data and devices.


Enforce Passcodes and Encryption

Passcodes and encryption safeguard access to devices and sensitive data. Google MDM includes configurable policies around iOS passcodes and encryption.

Require Strong Passcodes on iOS Devices

IT can mandate passcode complexity, length, and duration before auto-lock. This prevents weak or default passcodes that are easy to guess.

A passcode age can also be set, requiring periodic rotation for increased security. Failing to meet passcode policies can trigger automated actions so administrators and ID teams can enforce this privacy policy.

Enable Encryption on Managed iOS Devices

Full-disk encryption protects iOS device data if physically lost. Google MDM lets IT admins require on-device encryption. Encrypted iTunes backups can also be mandated to safeguard data synced from iOS fleets. Encryption keys are securely stored for authorized restores.

Remotely Lock or Wipe Lost iOS Devices

If a managed iOS device is lost or stolen, Google MDM allows it to be remotely locked or wiped to prevent data compromise. This removes device access if the passcode is not enabled or is known by a malicious user. A wipe clears all data from the device.


Restrict Access & Functions

Limiting iOS access and capabilities reduces the attack surface. Google MDM provides controls in these critical areas.

Disable Camera on iOS for Security

Organizations can fully disable cameras on managed iOS devices to prevent unauthorized image and video capture. Use cases include high-security environments or preventing workplace misconduct. Specific users and groups can be exempted as needed.

Limit App Installation on Managed iOS Devices

To prevent sideloading of unapproved apps, Google MDM allows blocking installation of apps from outside the App Store.

Whitelists and blacklists give granular control over approved apps. App access can be adjusted to include other Google apps or apps needed for your organization.

Configure Allowed App Lists &Permissions

App-level permissions regulate access to device functions like location, contacts, calendar, camera, and more. Google MDM lets IT admins allow, restrict, or deny permissions for individual apps or app categories.

Restrict iCloud Usage on Managed iOS Devices

iCloud sync can be selectively disabled for apps, like blocking Keychain sync. This prevents cloud backup of sensitive data.

In addition, backup to iCloud can be fully disabled. iOS Diagnostics data can also be prevented from being sent to Apple.


Monitor for Threats & Compromise

Google MDM provides continuous monitoring and assessments to detect compromised or noncompliant iOS devices.

Detect iOS Jailbreaking & Remediate Risks

Jailbroken iPhones pose significant risks. Google MDM checks for jailbreak status and can take remote action.

Depending on the policy, noncompliant devices can be blocked or selectively wiped to remediate the threat.

Monitor iOS Devices for Security Compliance

Google MDM assesses device compliance against configured security policies for factors like passcodes, versions, and encryption status. Detailed reports identify out-of-compliance devices for follow-up.


Configure Compliance Actions & Remediation

Google MDM can automatically take action when iOS devices are found noncompliant or compromised. This ensures swift remediation and policy adherence.

Enforce Security Policies on Noncompliant Devices

Granular compliance policies automatically block, limit, or notify users of non-compliant devices, forcing remediation. Email, on-device alerts, and support calls/texts provide user guidance. Access can be restored upon compliance.

Quarantine or Wipe Risky iOS Devices

To contain threats from compromised iOS devices, Google MDM can remotely quarantine or wipe devices. This prevents further access to sensitive data on lost or stolen devices. The device remains managed if quarantined.

Ensure Compliance Through Reports & Alerts

Google MDM provides alerts for specific high-risk events and aggregated reports on fleet compliance. This proactive monitoring ensures IT has real-time visibility to swiftly respond to noncompliance and other issues, providing endpoint management for increased safety.


Benefits of iOS Security with Google MDM

iOS device security with Google MDM gives administrators a unique set of advantages for securing their devices.

Unified Security Management

With Google MDM, organizations can secure their entire mobility fleet from one console. iOS devices can be managed alongside Android phones and tablets, ChromeOS laptops, and other devices enrolled in the platform.

This unified approach with one vendor allows consistent security policies, reporting, alerts, and remediation across different operating systems.

Integration with Google's Ecosystem

Google MDM integrates with Google's full stack including Gmail, Drive, Chrome Browser, Maps, and more on iOS devices. This allows additional security controls via these other touchpoints.

For example, suspicious login attempts can be correlated across devices and apps to identify compromised accounts.

Powerful & Automated Security Controls

Google MDM provides over 150 granular policy controls to configure security on iOS devices remotely. Enforcement of these policies can be fully automated via compliance rules. This hands-off approach ensures mobile devices adhere to security best practices without manual oversight.

Devices are automatically protected without relying on user compliance.


Look to Promevo to Manage Your Device Fleet

If you're looking to have more control over your Google Workspace organization or devices, Promevo is here to help.

We are a certified Google partner specializing in all things Google, from selecting ChromeOS devices to helping you harness the full capabilities of Google Workspace. We are proud to be 100% Google-focused. Let us put our expertise to work to help your business grow and excel.

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