Mobile Data Security: How to Protect Corporate Data on Mobile Devices

Mobile Data Security: How To Protect Corporate Data on Mobile Devices

There’s never a time when data security isn’t important. As businesses generate more and more data every day, the need to protect that data from harmful actors from accessing that data. This holds true for mobile devices as well. Every mobile device in your company’s infrastructure needs the right security measures in place to protect corporate data that’s stored on it.

How do you keep mobile devices and their data secure? It might seem challenging since mobile devices can be taken anywhere and accessed by anybody. However, with the proper mindset and tools, securing sensitive business data on mobile devices isn’t that hard. Below, we’ve outlined some mobile data security strategies your company should implement!

One way to protect the data present on your company’s mobile devices is by integrating an enterprise mobility management (EMM). If you want to learn more about the benefits of EMM, you should check out our free 2019 MDM Buyer’s Guide. We profile the top vendors in the mobile device management field, their key capabilities, and our Bottom Line for each.

Maintain access control to devices and data

You don’t want anybody access your devices and data that you don’t want to, and maintaining access control policies and tools can keep unauthorized users out. Mobile device management (MDM) solutions allow enterprises to manage access to devices through identity and authentication protocols by installing an MDM agent onto a device and monitoring access requests. This way, your company can ensure that nobody outside the business is accessing your devices.

This applies to the data stored on your mobile devices as well. Corporate data should be encrypted when it is being uploaded to or downloaded from a device; plus, when that data is stored on a device, you need to set access regulations to only permit authorized users and applications from looking at and/or using that data.

Avoiding public WiFi networks

The bane of any mobile device security strategy, especially when factoring in BYOD programs, is public WiFi networks. A device that connects to a public WiFi network can become a target for any malware or hacker looking for hardware to get into. Your enterprise needs to ensure that mobile devices containing sensitive business data don’t access these networks. You’ll have to train your employees on avoiding this, explaining why public WiFi is so dangerous and enforcing strict regulations for which networks a device can access.

Back your mobile data up on a regular basis

Even if you prepare yourself for the worst, disasters can happen. If your data is compromised, you may not be able to access it anymore – or in the worst case scenario, it could be deleted permanently. That’s why you need to back up the data on your mobile devices regularly. This shouldn’t be a one-and-done deal, though; your enterprise should back up your data regularly to avoid major losses of data from affecting your business.

Consider native device and OS security tools

It’s likely that you have multiple device types running several operating systems in your organization. Device manufacturers and OS developers will usually include security tools on a device. When considering mobile data security strategies, your enterprise should look into these security tools and examine if they will benefit you. Sometimes, these security tools are not enough to fully protect a device, so relying only on them may not be wise. However, they should not be overlooked when thinking about securing data.

Evaluate your mobile data security strategy periodically

You can’t guarantee that your mobile data security policies will work right out of the gate. There might be a tool in place that isn’t doing the job for your company, or you may need to enforce strict security policies for employees. That’s why you need to evaluate your mobile data security plan periodically to look for holes that need to be addressed. Reviewing how well your security policy is working will help you understand just how prepared you are to deal with security threats.

If you want to learn more about the benefits of enterprise mobility management, you should check out our free 2019 MDM Buyer’s Guide. We profile the top vendors in the mobile device management field, their key capabilities, and our Bottom Line for each.