The mobile devices in your organization (both corporate owned and BYOD) will in all likelihood now contain a wealth of sensitive corporate data. So, it is now more important than ever to ensure that this data remains safe and secure. One way in which this can be done is through the process of geo-fencing which gives an additional layer of security to organizations.
What is geo-fencing?
Geo-fencing software allows administrators to set virtual boundaries on devices in a specific physical area. Designated areas can be defined in two ways:
- Drawing a circle over the location
- Specifying the latitude, longitude and radius of the location
Geo-fencing uses GPS, which is now commonly available on most mobile devices, to track the device location through GPS directly, or Wi-Fi. If a device is found to be outside of a geo-fenced location an alert can be sent straight to the administrator or other designated individuals.