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CMDSP (Certified Mobile Device Security Professional)

Contributor(s): Matthew Haughn

CMDSP (Certified Mobile Device Security Professional) is a certification program offered by the Mobile Resource Group that provides a standardized assurance of competency in the field of mobile security and administration. Much of the content is applicable to mobile security in general but the focus is iOS and Android devices.

CMDSP certification ensures that the individual has a thorough knowledge of mobile device setup and security. The purpose is to prevent mobile vulnerabilities from compromising network security or allowing leakage of sensitive information, while still allowing for the communication and productivity increases enabled by mobile collaboration, IT consumerization and BYOD (bring your own device) environments.

The Mobile Resource Group lists the following as common responsibilities of CMDSPs:

  • Supporting employee use of mobile devices for work related activities.
  • Administering BYOD (bring your own device) programs within an enterprise.
  • Managing mobile device connections to enterprise systems.
  • Securing mobile devices in an enterprise.
  • Running MDM (mobile device management) software.

As mobile security becomes increasingly important, the ability for human resources (HR) to quickly evaluate an applicant’s mobile security knowledge becomes increasingly valuable. The complex nature of mobile security makes it hard to ensure comprehensive coverage of topic areas and makes qualifications hard to detail for a job applicant. Similarly, an applicant’s qualifications can be difficult to verify for the hirer. Mobile security certifications such as CMDSP simplify the endeavor for both the individual and the organization, while providing a valuable qualification and improving enterprise network security.

This was last updated in May 2016

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