If there’s one thing you can count on in a technologically driven world, it’s hackers. Every day another horror story emerges about a hostile incursion wreaking havoc.
It’s a scary world out there for mobile devices and tablets. In fact, the IoT is crying out for more proactive management of security.
This post is about how to start securing enterprise mobile devices and stop living in fear that your company will be the next horror story everyone’s gasping in disbelief about.
Mobility and Security
It’s no secret that mobility has changed the way we do business. While it’s amazing how far we’ve come in terms of getting untethered from the desk, it’s also a little frightening how easily these devices can be breached.
With the advent of mobility, IT has decidedly less control than it once had over data. The response has been reactive and unproductive, with IT choosing to limit mobility options for users. That has led to the use of shadow IT, which is on even shakier ground.
Add to this that many companies encourage the use of free Wi-Fi networks to save money on wireless costs. But this invites even more chaos (which is probably not worth the money saved).
There is a better way to secure your mobile devices and here are some of the best measures you can take.
Do These Things Now
- If your company’s mobile usage policy is either spotty, weak or non-existent, it’s time to change that. Putting in place policies which are designed at the top tier of the organization frame them in the light of organizational goals. IT is not likely to do that.
- New platforms should be extensively tested to observe usage patterns which may eventually undermine security. Getting an idea of how applications are being used by your employees helps you identify areas of potential threat and define policy around them.
- Proactive device management is key to securing your business IoT. Being able to wipe data from enterprise devices remotely is part of that (if, for example a device is lost or stolen). Tracking data is another imperative of device management that helps prevent overages that can cost you. It’s also a good way to stay ahead of “big uglies” like malware.
- Decide which data is critical to your operation and then secure it. For example, if your invoicing application is a security exposure, deal with that instead of making your emails Fort Knox.
- Do your homework. Check in with vendors to see if there’s anything you’re missing in terms of security. Staying abreast of change is one way to secure your enterprise mobile devices.
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