Managing And Securing Virtual Reality Devices In The Enterprise
Solutions To Support VR Deployment
In the past few years, virtual reality (VR) has gone from obscurity to acclaimed notoriety in the enterprise. Organizations in numerous sectors are leveraging this technology in a variety of ways. But there are some challenges with using VR devices in the workplace, and enterprises need to prepare to deal with these threats or face the consequences.
The Latest Trends In The Enterprise
After years in the consumer market, VR devices have gradually become regular tools in the enterprise. Global enterprise VR revenue, which was $1 billion in 2018, is expected to soar to $12.5 billion by 2025. Businesses in every industry — from automotive to media and from healthcare to retail — are adopting the technology.
VR is rapidly changing the way that we work, with several different types of use cases in the enterprise, including:
- Training: VR is the ultimate immersive learning tool that can train employees about real-world scenarios with less pressure. It is currently being used for training in organizations such as Walmart, UPS, and even NASA. The technology can drastically increase retention rates while simultaneously improving productivity and employee onboarding.
- Recruitment: In this economy, recruiting talented employees is more difficult than ever before. VR enables companies to attract potential candidates by actually showing them the job and the workplace in an augmented setting. It is already being used by Jaguar, General Mills, and Marriot to convince people to join their companies.
- Visualization: With more data in the enterprise than ever before, visualization tools are being accessed to help employees quickly dissect the data. VR is one of the leading visualization solutions that help employees explore and interpret data.
Ways To Secure VR Devices
Although the benefits of VR are clear, many businesses still neglect the potential risks. The adoption and management of VR devices can be incredibly complicated.
In many ways, VR devices represent the next potential security risk in the enterprise. Hackers are targeting VR devices due to inherent security vulnerabilities and employer negligence. Private and sensitive data on VR software recordings, including corporate data, can be compromised. VR devices are also at risk of denial-of-service attacks and malware infections.
The most serious threat is from the employees, who might be so used to VR devices in their personal lives that they treat the enterprise VR devices like toys. Some workers frequently use enterprise VR devices for unintended purposes, and they get away with it if the company doesn’t know about it. This employee negligence could cause damage to the VR devices. These workers might also download personal apps on enterprise VR headset, which could be potential malware gateways.
Finally, as an enterprise deploys hundreds of VR devices to its workforce, distributing important content and installing updates can be complex without the right tools in place.
In order to overcome the challenges of VR adoption, there are some critical policies that enterprises should enforce. First, employees should be restricted from using VR devices for unintended purposes. This prevents the devices from becoming malware gateways, and it protects them from accidents.
Enterprises should treat VR devices just like any other mobile device. One strategy is to turn VR headsets into dedicated purposed devices by locking them down when they go into kiosk mode. This prevents workers from using VR devices for recreational or experimental purposes, which limits hazards. Administrators should also have the capabilities to remotely manage and remotely deliver approved content to the VR devices.
By leveraging unified endpoint management (UEM) solutions — such as the VR device management solution from 42Gears Mobility Systems — enterprises are able to mitigate security risks, easily distribute VR applications, and provide remote support.
With the right tools and strategies in place, mobility leaders will have the peace of mind to know that their enterprises are realizing the true benefits of VR.