Top 5 Mobile Security Concerns in the Enterprise

Contributor: Robbie Westacott
Posted: 10/22/2014
Top 5 Mobile Security Concerns in the Enterprise
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Whether in the enterprise setting, or on a more individual, public level, online attacks and data breaches have been increasingly severe over the past few years, calling for increased mobile security for users.

Large organisations such as eBay, Target and Home Depot among others have recently suffered at the hands of cyber crime, resulting in a number of members of the C-suite losing their jobs, whilst some of the world's most high-profile celebrities have infamously had their personal privacy turned upside down by malicious hackers.

As the world continues to embrace digital technology to augment and improve all kinds of everyday activities, especially in the workplace, a rising number of concerns will be playing on the minds of those tasked with ensuring this cultural transformation can continue safely and securely.

Focusing on the enterprise, security is no longer just an IT issue, it is a business priority. The consequences of introducing mobility into an organisation without taking the necessary precautions and measures can be catastrophic.

With this in mind, here are five key issues which organisations should be most wary of regarding mobile security, and what they could mean for the wider business strategy.

Data Privacy

BYOD policies that encourage employees to use the same devices they carry out all their personal interactions on for work purposes is nothing new, and neither are the threats to corporate data which result from doing so.

Therefore, solutions such as MDM and MAM must be put in place to separate business apps and data from all other activity. These technologies allow organisations to monitor, control and protect the use of professional content on mobile devices, whilst maintaining privacy for each user.

Further restrictions can be applied by utilising a corporate datacentre or a cloud server, accompanied by desktop visualisation or EFSS technologies to moderate the use of business applications on personal devices.

Access Control

Organisations can struggle to keep up with the number of different devices each employee uses on a daily basis to interact with enterprise systems, which can breed vulnerability in terms of allowing only the approved personnel to use business resources outside of the office.

It is crucial to be able to permit access to corporate applications and professional content alongside the necessary device and identity checks always being completed, all as part of a seamless automated process.

Compliance

With the large number of various privacy and security laws in place for organisations to be aware of, as well as industry-specific regulations to follow, compliance is a common challenge. Businesses must understand how to maintain the required standards and protect their assets, their data and their employees.

Centralised administration and data protection capabilities should be in place to allow enterprises to regulate the corporate networks by tracking, securing, controlling and optimising mobile access to their systems.

Because mobility is inherently different to other enterprise technologies, it requires an individually considered approach to security policies, through mobile-specific frameworks and infrastructures.
Use of personal apps for business data on mobile devices.

Mobile Applications

Mobile apps are now a fundamental part of people's personal and professional lives. However, many apps still pose a risk to the enterprise when they are present on employee devices, and there are many problems which can arise from employees turning to unsanctioned consumer apps for business use.

MDM and MAM solutions provide security by delivering control and visibility to the organisation, aligned with a number of additional methods of control. Policies need to be introduced such as authentication, location verification, access codes, encryption and app-to-app communication to secure apps and their relationships with professional data.

Device Loss or Theft

Organisations should be wary of the loss of devices that contain sensitive and valuable corporate data or business information. If remote management tools such as locking or wiping the device are not in place, the risk will be even greater.

Of course, human error and extreme circumstances such as theft are occasionally unavoidable, but that makes taking the precautions to be able to effectively react to such occurrences even more imperative. File, application and device management solutions are essential to enterprise mobile security and data protection. In circumstances such as these, organisations must ensure they can limit the damage, regain control and resolve the problem immediately.

If you would like to know more about data security policies and surrounding issues which are currently prominent, register now for our complimentary webinar, Data Security: Preparing for the Compliance Landscape of Tomorrow.

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Contributor: Robbie Westacott