Device Management

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Full Title or Meme

Assuring that computing devices are properly configured.


For Identity and Access Management the device configuration of most interest is related to user and access identification and matching.

Taxonomy of Device Types

  • User Devices used to be just computers, but now are nearly all internet connected.
    • User owned devices
      • Managed by user (may also include apps that are provided and managed by an enterprise)
      • Managed by enterprise (aka BYOD or bring your own device)
    • Enterprise owned devices (typically managed by the Enterprise)
  • Web Server
  • Resource Server
  • Edge Devices (usually associated with 5G networks)
  • Mobile Device (typically a smart phone for the purposes of this wiki)
  • Internet of Things

Taxonomy of Management Types

  1. Mobile Device Management for BYOD
  2. Enterprise Mobile Management for enterprise owned devices.
  3. Captive devices where the device does not move but the people do.
  4. Data Center Management
  5. Edge Management as a part of the move to 5G connectivity


The core component of Device Management is the enforcement of a security and privacy policy on the device by the Entity that is responsible for that device. This applies whether the device is enterprise owned or user owned, although the level of control of the enterprise-owned device is typically more strict that the user owned device.