Smartphone tablet asset management

What processes could be used to identify either unused smartphone or tablet devices which have not communicated or synched with corporate systems and what tools can be used to enforce security controls on such devices.

We have a process for identifying stale laptpps which have no recent login in Ad but want sinilar from smartphones / tablets to ensure they havent been lost or stolen or that when an employee leaves the company they return devices and they are added to the stock room and redistributed as possible.

Also - what security controls do you enforce on mobile devices such as smartphone or tablet and how do you prevent users amending the security controls.
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
Have you looked at MDM (Mobile Device Management) tools ? .. these allow you to deploy apps, manage the device to almost any level of lock-down you need and erase devices if stolen/lost.  They can all support company-owned devices (which you can fully control) or BYOD where you can install a bundle of apps and manage them and erase if the employee leaves.

There are several providers with the top ones being VMWare Air Watch ( MobileIron (, SOTI (, Citrix ( and IBM (

Most of the above solutions will have a in-house or cloud based system for managing all the devices and you pay a price of $3-$9 per device per month depending on the features you want and the number of devices you manage.

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