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Using Exchange Server for Mobile Device Security

By Debjit on January 15th, 2013 

Do you know what a VPN connection is? If not, you may be surprised to realize that a VPN (virtual private network) allows for people to connect to corporate networks with their mobile devices. I bet you didn’t know that this poses as a serious problem because mobile devices cannot be inside the executive control. Well, this is not completely true. In order for the mobile devices to inside executive control one would have to spend money on third-party software, and that is not cheap! This happens because windows cannot find mobile devices, which allow possible attackers to steal your private data.

Does that scare you? If not, then it should! Another thing to take into consideration is the fact that because mobile devices can be used for a possible attack is because users literally have an open door to your information. Did you know that you don’t have to spend unnecessary money on third-party software? Instead, you can use the Microsoft Exchange Server in order to secure your data. You have two choices you can either use Exchange Server 2003 or Exchange Server 2007.

Of course, there is a difference between Exchange Server 2003 and Exchange Server 2007. The main difference is the fact that Exchange Server 2003 allows you to ONLY one security policy no matter how many mailboxes you have while Exchange Server 2007 allows you to create a security policy for each mailbox you have on your mobile device.

How Do You Create A Mobile Device Security Policy?

We are going to walk you through making a mobile security device police for Exchange 2007. The first thing you need to do is to open the “exchange management console.” Once you are in the management console, you need to select “organization configuration/client access.” You need to look for the “details” window, once you find the “details” window you need to look for and select “ new exchange active sync mailbox policy” typically this is found in the “actions” window. You will then see the “wizard” launch. Allow it to do it’s magic!

When the wizard opens you will have to type in your name. You should type in a name that describes the policy you are creating. Below where you type n the name of the policy that you are creating you need to select boxes that you want incorporated into your policy. The very next is where you will select if you want users to be able to download email attachments to their devices. After you have either checked or left the above boxes blank, the last box you need to pay attention to is the password box. This is the place you will have to create a password for your security policy. Once you have completed all the steps the last thing you have to do is click the “new” button to create a new security policy.

Can I Wipe All Data?

If you wonder about this question, the answer is YES depending upon what Exchange Server you have. An interesting thing that you may not know is if you have Exchange Server 2007 you don’t even need to report your mobile device stolen, shall that happen. Instead, you can wipe all your data using Outlook Web Access.

So there you have it. We hope this article has given you the advice you need in order to keep your private information secure. We also hope that this article has shown you how you can actually use (and benefit) from mobile device security. Keep an eye out for our new articles !

Author Bio : This post is written by Jason Phillips. He is a regular tech blogger and love to write about latest technology and software upgradations. He wrote on server security audit software and was able to gather a great number of audience for that.


Using Exchange Server for Mobile Device Security was originally published on on January 15, 2013 - 10:30 am (Indian Standard Time)