Why mobile strategies are key to securing your data

Smartphones are key to business success but the rise of the mobile worker has also brought with it a number of new threats. This is where mobile strategies come into play...

Mike Mead

24/01/2020

Data is the most valuable asset that any business has in 2020.

Yet, in many parts of the world, companies still don’t have enough protection in place for all of the information that they collect each day. Just because you have ransomware protection built into your PC, and security as part of your website hosting package doesn’t mean you’re protected.

We’re living in a world where mobility is more popular than ever before. In this age of mobile workers and smartphones, there are a number of new threats to be aware of. Business leaders need to be aware of the potential threats on the horizon and how they can defend themselves.

As mobile technology becomes one of the biggest threats in the enterprise, it’s important that CIOs, CTOs, and business leaders from all backgrounds are including mobile strategies in their plan for complete data protection.

The rising demand for mobile security

A couple of decades ago, the idea of giving your employees a device that they could carry with them on the manufacturing floor or outside of the office was unheard of. Computers and devices had to be constantly linked to the internet through ethernet cables and cords. Wireless technology had yet to arrive in any significant format.

However, as the changing networking environment evolved over the years, IT departments began to demand a way to allow for more remote and flexible workers. Mobile technology started to make its way into the office, bringing with them phishing scams, data leakage, and even the threat of unsecured Wi-Fi networks. On top of that, enterprises also have the possible threat of an employee device being lost or stolen to worry about.

Now that Bring Your Own Device policies are becoming more popular, and the Internet of Things is transforming the way that people interact with devices in the workplace, mobile security is more crucial than ever. Companies are recognising that they need a way to protect their data and their team members from the data threats that can occur on any device – not just desk phones and computers.

To adhere to the changing nature of the workplace, we’ve seen manufacturers and software innovators creating everything from mobile device management tools (MDM) to Enterprise Mobility Management, Mobile Application management, and more.

Understanding the threats to mobile security

People tend to see mobile security threats as an all-encompassing singular risk.

However, there are a lot of different kinds of mobile threats to be aware of. The kind of risk that your team will encounter will depend on the kind of business that you run, and the way that your employees use their devices. For instance, some common risks to consider include:

  • Application threats: It’s common for data leaks to happen when employees download applications that aren’t legitimate. These apps can skim data from within the device or implement ransomware techniques.
  • Browsing threats: In the age of smartphones, it’s just as easy to download a virus from a web browser on your phone as it is to access one on your desktop. Web-based threats occur when people visit sites that appear excellent on the front-end but are infected on the back-end.
  • Network threats: As more companies embrace the concepts of remote and mobile working, it’s common for employees to access crucial files and data from non-secure environments, like public Wi-Fi connections.
  • Physical threats: Devices in the mobile world can easily be lost or stolen. Hackers with access to the hardware were private data is stored can also have access to the data inside.

How to add a mobile security strategy to your business

Adding mobile device security strategies into your business plan for data protection doesn’t have to be as complicated as it seems. From day one, before you give your employees access to any mobile technology, your first question to ask should be whether you have the resources available to keep those devices and your network secure.

Ask yourself:

  • What kind of software are you going to implement to protect your team and your data? Can you use enterprise mobility management tools to remotely lock and wipe phones from a distance, for instance?
  • How will you control device usage: What can you do to prevent your users from accessing and using dangerous devices that might put their devices in danger?
  • What policies will you put in place: Can you protect your employees better by asking them to use strategies like two-factor authentication whenever they’re accessing private business information from a smartphone?

We often recommend using a leading MDM solution (Mobile Device Management) like SOTI MobiControl, which allows business leaders and IT departments to maintain control over mobile devices from a distance. SOTI MobiControl simplifies the management of mobile devices and IoT endpoints to keep your company secure.

If you’re ready to take the next step with your mobile security strategy in 2020, contact Nice Network today to learn more.