Mobile devices are a huge component of meeting productivity goals. The devices are integrated into everyday tasks, improving workflow and giving employees options as to where they work. Just as you make strides to improve your on-site network, mobile device security has to be part of the overall cyber security strategy.
Nobody wants the technology they’re using to be the weak link that allows cybercriminals access to their networks, yet that’s what’s happening with organizations that fail to implement the right tools and strategies related to mobile device usage.
Mobile Device Security Tips
Every work-related mobile device should have a security application in place before it is released to an employee. The job of these applications is to run in the background, constantly looking for suspicious activity. Best practices include an accountability clause prohibiting employees from shutting off the application or removing it from the device. The following are some of the best tips for protecting your data in the mobile environment:
- Wi-Fi: Avoiding public Wi-Fi networks is another accountability issue that must be adhered to. These networks are not known for tight security standards, which means hackers are lurking and waiting for a target to come along. Don’t let that target be your company’s sensitive information. Don’t use public Wi-Fi.
- Lock Screens: It might seem to be an obvious measure to take, but when users get lazy, anything is possible. All users must use a lock screen with auto-lock capabilities. On devices that have facial recognition, it’s advisable to use that as a way to unlock the device. The next best option is a fingerprint, and — at the very least — a passcode must be used.
- Updates: Security updates are the front line in defending against the enemy. Unfortunately, many users will fail to go through the process of installing the latest security updates, which means they can become vulnerable to the latest threat that has evolved.
- Encryption: If your devices support encryption, it’s advisable to use it. Should the device be lost or stolen, the encrypted data within it will be useless to the person who stole it or found it. Furthermore, remote wiping a device when lost or stolen is also a smart move, especially if you haven’t used encryption. This gives you the ability to remotely wipe it clean of all company material.
- Wiping the Device: Technology evolves quickly, which means the device you’re using today might be obsolete tomorrow. Every device must be wiped clean before it is decommissioned, because there is data on those devices that you don’t want in the wrong hands.
Finding the right agent to assist you with your mobile device security is a smart option. For example, at Cory Communications, we know that organizations need customized solutions that speak to their unique cyber security needs. Contact us, and let’s discuss what we can do for you.