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Mobile Security Strategy

By admin|September 2nd,2012|Security|No comments

Smart phones and tablets are transforming the way we live by storm. It has provided a new way to network and manage data. However, can mobile phones be just as vulnerable as our laptops in getting viruses or hacked?  The potential of a stranger getting access has greatly increased over the years. It is estimated that 70 percent of enterprise data is stored on a mobile device and when employees connect to less secured whiffs and use social media, it is likely for secure data to be attacked by hackers.

Juniper Networks reported that malware for the Android operating system rose by 400 percent from 2010 to 2011. However, it is not only the operating system, 35% of attacks have been caused by employees losing their mobile devices. To protect your data, there is a lot of security measures one may take to reduce the risk. Especially for an enterprise business, it is imperative to not neglect the safety procedures when creating a security strategy.

Ways to protect your mobile device:

– Ensure your data is stored in multiple places. If a device is lost, it would make it more difficult for the information to be compromised.
– Create a mobile security strategy and tell all your employees. Addressing the issues of “Jailbreaking” and what happens if their device is lost or stolen.
-Provide a mobile device management (MDM) using diagnostics, back up functions and GPS tracking.
– Update security tools. Using antivirus, data-loss prevention (DLP), file encryptions, authentications are fundamentals to security.
– Provide employees training session. Every employee should be aware of the risks involved in using a mobile device in the workplace and outside the workplace.

Focusing on mobile devices is key, but ensuring data is more critical. A loss in personal data could tarnish a company’s reputation or result in lawsuits. Businesses need to require a mobile security. The most successful ones are those with an overall security strategy and providing education to employees. Simple tactics such as letting employees know which mobile apps are allowed or installing digital certificates to support end-to-end encryption through VPN or tracking the user’s location. Notebook laptops have never been “foolproof” and neither will mobile phones. Be sure to recognize the importance of amping up your mobile security with some of these tips.

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