Cybersecurity remains a top priority for enterprises, even as they integrate new technologies. The rise of digital transformation has tremendously increased the amount of business software and hardware used to solve problems digitally. Part of this shift includes businesses taking advantage of mobile devices to accomplish workflows. However, the more technologies a business introduces, the more careful they have to be with their security. For enterprises introducing a mobility-based solution, mobile device security cannot be ignored.
Businesses that use mobile devices for their workflows need to have a solid mobile security plan in place. Without the proper tools and strategies, the mobile devices your company uses can become a major security risk. Mobile devices can bring a lot of benefits to a business, but they can also create several headaches for your security team. How can you protect your enterprise’s mobile devices and infrastructure at the same time? Below, we’ve outlined some mobile device security tips that help you utilize mobility solutions while keeping your enterprise safe.
A mobile device deals with business data just like any other workstation. In order to keep that data secure, your enterprise should employ data encryption solutions. Encryption ensures that only users and devices with the proper decryption software and keys can access your data. Data encryption is essential for both incoming and outgoing traffic going to and from a mobile device.
Mobile device access management
Mobile security strategies need to account for the person that uses the device. If your enterprise assigns devices to employees, it should also make sure that only that employee can access that device. Identity security practices, including passwords and biometrics, help keep your device safe in case it gets lost or stolen.
Mobile security apps
When designing a mobile device security strategy, you need to consider how to secure the mobile device itself. One way to do this is by installing mobile security applications onto each device. These security apps often run in the background while the device is online and constantly check for suspicious files or data transmissions. If your enterprise uses a security app, it should ensure that the employee holding the device hasn’t disabled or uninstalled it. Periodic checks for the app might be necessary to ensure that the app is still installed.
Avoiding public Wi-Fi networks
Although it’s tempting for your employees to do so, an enterprise mobile device shouldn’t connect to public Wi-Fi networks. Public Wi-Fi networks are often much less secure and are a frequent target for hackers. If your employees take devices out of the office or if there are public Wi-Fi networks in range of your building, you need to enforce keeping devices off of dangerous, unprotected networks.
Disposing of mobile devices
From time to time, your enterprise might decide to remove a mobile device from your infrastructure. This could be because you want to upgrade your hardware or switch to a different model entirely. Whatever the reason, you can’t dispose of the old device without taking the proper steps to wipe it clean. That mobile device contains business data that you definitely don’t want to get out into the public. Performing a full factory reset of the device and clearing all data from the phone when it leaves your enterprise is advised.
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.
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