We all remember the days when the biggest threat to digital security existed in the computer.
Spyware was a constant threat in the background, leaving you wondering whether your actions were being monitored. Employees were constantly informed about the potential dangers of email phishing and viruses on websites.
While those threats are still evident today – there’s a new threat in the marketplace, and it demands just as much attention as your computer security plan. Mobile security is one of the most significant concerns that today’s business leaders face.
In a time when employees are doing more work than ever before from their smartphones, companies need to put strategies in place that will help to defend the data that exists on mobile phones.
While there are many different risks to look out for, here are just a handful that you’ll need to keep in mind when you’re updating your strategy for 2020.
1. Defending against malicious apps
Apps can look innocent enough when they’re listed on the App Store or Google Play.
It isn’t until someone clicks on that app and downloads it that they realise just how dangerous they can be. Before you implement a mobile strategy into your business landscape, you’ll need to ensure that you have a plan in place to protect yourself from mobile apps.
Even if an app works exactly as it is supposed to, it still has the potential to undermine your security and privacy policies by mining corporate data. Make sure that you:
- Have a policy in place that helps employees to decide which apps they can download.
- Implement enterprise mobility management tools to remove apps remotely from corporate devices.
- Ask employees to check the permissions that apps ask for before allowing the download.
SOTI MobiControl is an excellent tool for businesses that want to maintain the security and privacy of their professional devices. With SOTI, you can control apps, delete content, and even wipe information from a distance.
2. Using end-to-end encryption
The truth is that most mobile app developers don’t spend a lot of time focusing on security. That means that you need to figure that out for yourself. A good way to get started is to make sure that your employees understand how to keep themselves safe by avoiding malicious sites and apps.
However, you can also look into other strategies too – like end-to-end encryption. If you’re the kind of company that sends and receives a lot of information every day, you’ll need to use apps that have encryption built into them at the core.
The good news is that many enterprise communication apps come with security standards layered throughout them to protect modern businesses. Just do your research before you commit to anything from a VoIP service to a collaboration tool.
3. Preparing for IoT
You might have noticed that the demand for more than just basic mobile devices is growing these days. IoT or the Internet of Things means that we’re interacting with everything from wearables and beacons, to smart speakers, inside and outside of the office.
Gartner predicts that the number of connected devices worldwide will be 20.8 billion in 2020. While IoT has a lot of exciting benefits to offer, cybercriminals are also using the arrival of new technology to open the door for more attacks too.
A lot of the latest mobile devices have IP addresses that can easily be hacked through the internet. That’s why your mobile security strategy this year shouldn’t just be about network and data – but secured devices too. Make sure that your employees understand where the threats are coming from so that they can be better protected.
4. Password protection and remote management
Finally, a large number of people still aren’t using passwords to lock the phones that they use for work. That means that if a corporate device ends up lost or stolen, people can easily get into the sensitive data stored on your employee’s phone.
To protect yourself moving into 2020, make sure that your team members are taking advantage of robust passwords and two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication ensures that even if a criminal guesses your employees’ password, they may still not be able to access an account.
At the same time, to protect against lost and stolen phones, make sure that you have a strategy in place to delete data and wipe items from a distance. Mobile device management tools will allow you to eradicate user information from a device wherever you are, without requiring access to the phone.
Time to update mobile security?
There are a lot of risks to consider in the era of mobility.
However, that doesn’t mean that your company needs to live in fear of the mobile device revolution. With the right strategies, you can easily ensure that your employees are well protected from everything from lost devices to malicious apps.
Contact Nice Network today to find out more about protecting your business.