IT has long had the desire to remotely, securely, discretely, and definitively remove data from a company device, mobile phone, personal machine, or anything else for that matter. This type of functionality has seemed to be within reach in recent years with the advent of numerous Mobile Device Management and remote management solutions. Industry buzz words like Remote Wipe, Selective Wipe, Factory Reset, and Containerization have started to emerge and have given a glimmer of hope to the idea of true remote control over your data.
Upon further inspection, you find that these solutions are full of holes and don’t truly deliver the hype they promise. You start to realize, sure you can do selective wipe for iOS, but not for Android for certain items, and it can be for iOS, but only if they are using a specific app, it can only be for a specific iOS app, if that app is managed by this specific management tool. Thus dashing the dream of IT admins everywhere.
Currently there is no silver bullet to remote wipe, but we are getting closer.
Microsoft Intune has a well-documented chart with regards to what you can remote wipe and from what operating system. While there are still holes in this chart, Microsoft is providing more and more tools to plug those holes. Just recently Microsoft announced the ability to remotely wipe Windows 10 desktops using Intune. The ability to fully wipe a full installation of Windows 10 remotely. That is a huge step and a big with for IT admins everyone looking to control company data.
Pair that with the upcoming release of Enterprise Data Protection and we may someday have our wishes granted.
Fingers crossed until then.