mobile world, employees need more freedom than ever before.
If you want
your team members to be agile, productive, and satisfied in the workplace, then
you need to give them the freedom to use the devices they feel most familiar
in productivity and efficiency that accompany BYOD policies has led countless
companies to embrace the benefits of going
with any business mobile strategy comes a range of security concerns to
smartphones and tablets are continually connecting to cloud applications and
tools that can act as gateways for criminals. So, how do you make sure you stay
Know why you need mobile
step in implementing adequate mobile security for your workforce is
understanding how mobile devices can affect your IT infrastructure.
Some of the
common risks of BYOD policies include:
or lost devices: Most devices are lightweight and portable – which is part of
what makes them so appealing. It’s much easier to work and collaborate on a
pocket-sized smartphone than to lug a laptop around with you on-the-go.
Unfortunately, small devices are also easier to lose. Once they’re out of
employee’s hands, mobile devices can be easy to break into.
leaving the company: If a team member leaves your business on bad terms, and
they haven’t logged their device out of your network, they’ll still have access
to private business information. This could open the door to potential data
breaches and leaks.
Wi-Fi: If your employees use their mobile devices to work on-the-go, then they
could be signing into unsecured networks. This means that people could easily
jump onto their phone and access data from a distance, without them realising
How to ensure mobile security in your business
Although there are dangers to having mobile devices
connected to your business network, that doesn’t mean that you should avoid
this strategy entirely.
68% of employees say that having the choice to work on the devices that
they prefer makes increases productivity.
Rather than avoiding mobile strategies entirely, your best
bet is to put a few steps in place that will ensure stronger end-to-end
security for you and your team members.
Step 1: Be clear on processes and policies
Code of conduct is critical when maintaining security
practices in any business.
Having a clear policy in place regarding how people can and
should use their personal devices will ensure that your employees don’t make
dangerous and unnecessary mistakes with crucial business data. Before you allow
your teams to bring devices to work, make sure that they understand the
benefits of data protection with a complete mobile policy.
Your policy might cover:
- What kind of devices are appropriate for use at
- What sort of apps employees can access through
the business network
- How employees should connect to the internet
when sharing business data
- What strategies employees need to follow when
setting passwords and usernames
- Whether two-factor authentication and other
security measures are necessary
Step 2: Implement new security standards
The easiest way to improve your security standards when it
comes to mobile data protection is to implement an MDM solution. Mobile device
management services allow you to manage, secure, and monitor all of the devices
on your business network at a distance.
offerings we provide at Nice Network ensure that today’s companies can
remotely control devices, wiping data when a phone is lost, or a tablet is
stolen. The same solutions can also provide your teams with access to a 24/7
help desk when they’re struggling with a crucial app or piece of software.
Other features of MDM include:
- Device provisioning for business tools
- Secure content libraries
- Location tracking services
- SOTI MobiControl encryption
- Disaster protection (uploading information to
- Data backups
- Two-factor authentication
Step 3: Be transparent with your employees
Finally, mobile data protection requires some level of
collaboration between business leaders and their employees. On the one hand,
you’re giving your team members the option to use the tools that they feel most
comfortable and familiar with. On the other hand, you need to make sure that
corporate data remains safe.
In some cases, you may need to monitor your employee’s
devices – at least partially, to make sure that you keep on top of your mobile
security strategy. Virtual desktop infrastructure management protocols can help
with this, ensuring that you’re only monitoring the apps and services that are
relevant to your business.
If you do need to monitor any of the devices that your team
members are using, transparency will reduce the risk that your employees feel
“spied on” at work. This improves the relationships you have with
Ready to discuss mobile data security? Reach out to the team at Nice Network today.