Before smartphones were the norm, few business owners and leaders had to consider why mobile security is important. Today, there are many more concerns for an organization’s cybersecurity, with mobile security chief among them. Yet many businesses still do not consider the consequences that can result from employees using personal smartphones for work or company smartphones for personal use.
So why is mobile security important?
- Of 13,000 remote workers surveyed globally, 39% reported using personal devices to access company information and 36% lacked basic password protection on a personal device.
- 45% of business travelers report bringing a device with sensitive information on trips, yet they engage in risky behaviors on trips (such as connecting to public Wi-Fi) at even higher rates than travelers who are not working.
- Mobile malware and other security threats that target mobile devices are gaining popularity. Malwarebytes reported an increase in pre-installed malware and adware on Android devices in 2019, detecting 255,514 instances of the Adups malware app alone.
With threats to mobile devices on the rise, organizations must invest in their mobile security and foster safer practices among employees.
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Establish a Device Policy
A corporate device policy provides a standard of expectations that employees know to follow, as well as the consequences for breaking them. To cover all your bases, be sure to address the use of company-issued devices as well as personal devices.
Consider these tips for setting up a corporate device policy:
- Bring Your Own Device – Be clear about whether employees are allowed to use personal devices at work or not. If they are, write a clear Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy. Consider what types of devices and activities will be permitted.
- Monitoring and Transparency – Employees and visitors on your premises should be fully aware of any monitoring your company intends to perform on their devices or activity. Monitoring not only protects company interests, but also encourages employees to take care with their activity and abide by the rules. Building a transparent company policy can help avoid employee distrust and dissatisfaction, while also highlighting how company cybersecurity is truly an all-hands team effort.
- Approved Applications and Software – By creating a list of approved applications and software, you can increase your device security and limit the amount of lost productivity. Most importantly, you will decrease the chances of mobile malware infiltrating your company’s devices or network via unsecure apps.
Use Mobile Device Management Software
For stronger security, implement mobile device management (MDM) software. MDM is vital for separating business and personal information for employees, while enabling employers to create security measures for their devices.
Typically, cloud-based software will be less expensive, more flexible, and easier to manage than on-premises software. Look for features that will enable you to view device information, configure devices, manage and update apps, create restrictions for device usage, and wipe devices remotely.
If possible, use MDM software that will enforce your company’s security measures across devices. This could include everything from using strong passwords, to encrypting data, to establishing containers for keeping company information separate from personal information.
Keep Devices Up to Date
Whether you’re considering the importance of mobile security or looking to boost cybersecurity for other hardware or software, keep company devices up to date. An update can remedy operating bugs, enhance software security, and heighten the performance of your device and its software.
Often, businesses fail to update their software regularly, especially on mobile devices. As a result of these delays, mobile malware can sneak onto your device and leave you open to a cyberattack.
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