Mobile Security: The Brake Pedal That Enables Acceleration

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Digital transformation is about innovation and acceleration, not sitting deep in the status quo bucket.

And without security, your enterprise is stuck in neutral.

Gram Ludlow, VP of IT for Flowers Foods, likened the need for security in the enterprise to the brake system on an automobile on Day Two of the Enterprise Mobility Exchange: Security West in Phoenix, Arizona this week.

Engaging the audience of senior-level IT executives, Ludlow asked why vehicles have brakes. Naturally, the response was “stop.” But Ludlow flipped the idea, and said automobiles have brakes so they’re able to move faster. Transferring that idea to the enterprise, Ludlow explained security initiatives are like car brakes; they’re put in place so the organization is enabled to go fast with business and innovation processes.

Putting security protocols in place isn’t a one-size-fits-all rubber stamp, of course, and each enterprise needs to customize its approach, according to Aaron Rosen, a penetration tester for Mitsubishi Financial Group. Rosen said many times enterprises are seeking to patch or eliminate vulnerabilities they believe are sunken deep into their infrastructure, but oftentimes are “glaringly obvious,” such as a Blue Tooth connection not being guarded properly.

Also, from an outsider’s perspective, money talks. When a bounty or ransom is associated with cracking the “unhackable” enterprise security system, suddenly there’s a breach and the organization suffers a direct hit.

Whether the enterprise has a BYOD or COPE policy, or neither but deploys shift-specific devices, ultimately a certain level of trust comes down to the end user. Constantly updating policies and protocols is just as important as the hardware and software devices themselves, according to keynote speaker Nick Savage.

Security should be a “closed loop process,” said Mark Einhorn, Application Security Expert with Mitsubishi Financial Group, explaining that a people-first approach is key to security, which should be scanned, tracked, and managed. He also noted that organizations need to account for workforce size now and in the future. What’s good for 500 employees may not work for 5,000, and a security system needs to be scalable and adaptable as changes in the organization occur over time.

The Security West event featured 20 c-level executives from industries including manufacturing, health and wellness, hospitality, and financial services, among others. Held in Phoenix, Arizona, Security West was a two-day event focusing on the challenges and best practices of mobile security in the enterprise.

Learn more about Enterprise Mobility Exchange’s next event, focused on Mobility in Healthcare, by visiting the website here