Mobile security is becoming a rising concern throughout our workplace and our daily lives, especially when we use those same devices all the time. There are more people than ever before relying on mobile structures to complete their day-to-day tasks, either at home or in the office. Implementing mobile security strategies should not only cover the devices themselves, but rather all the important data along with your phone or tablet.
To better understand mobile security procedures, you can consider the “mobile ecosystem” which is divided into five categories: advertisements, applications, general purpose media, messaging, and mobile websites. There are several methods already to secure these content elements on mobile devices; such as MDM, MAM and EMM. Although in the months and years to come, this will not be enough. Protection of the code of applications will be overall essential to ensuring mobile security.
Businesses especially need to engage in their workers’ requirements for mobility by providing their employees with access to the necessary data on the go, where mobile is at its weakest point in security. With the considerable amount of time devices are utilized off-site, away from the office, data loss or potential security breaches can likely occur.
Here are three big ways you can improve security throughout all your mobile devices right now:
ENSURE secure mobile connections:
Wireless communications can be easy to intercept and simple to spy on. Any communication between a mobile device and a company or a cloud-based system or similar service should require the use of a VPN for access to be granted. A VPN can not only add necessary encryption, but also provide users a powerful authentication for them to use any mobile device for applications or remote desktops.
Mobile MUST have Anti-malware software:
Android and iOS devices are becoming increasingly more susceptible to the threats of malware to the levels of risk that your desktop PC or Mac may have. Mobile users should be highly encouraged to install and update (when necessary) anti-malware software for any professional use of a smartphone or tablet.
Schedule ROUTINE audits:
At a minimum, your organization should put in place a reputable security testing firm to audit all your mobile devices and also conduct penetration testing on the devices that are currently being used. Security firms can also assist with mitigation of any issues they discover. Leave it up to the professionals if you pursue a firm.
There are also some other incredibly easy ways to keep your devices safe, such as simply using Bluetooth for keeping your phone secured during unlocking/locking your phone, or even NFC tags you can sport so only while wearing an NFC tag you will be able to access your device in any way you choose. Putting forth these best practices right now will secure your devices for all their future tasks and prevent any headaches ahead.