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5 Steps to Eliminate Mobile Security Threats
With the growth of corporate smartphone and tablet use, organizations have become more aware of the threat of mobile security attacks.
With the growth of corporate smartphone and tablet use, organizations have become more aware of the threat of mobile security attacks. No matter the size of the organization, all businesses share a common fear that it’s only a matter of time before someone finds a way to infect their smartphones and tablets with malware. However, there are simple steps which a company can follow to ensure that they eliminate such a risk such as the following:
- Upgrade Devices
As of 2019, the average upgrade cycle for smartphones is generally around 32 months. This is an increase of seven months on the previous year. While, this is completely fine for those who only use their device for personal use, it’s different for business phones. Predictably, new devices are better prepared to handle current and future security concerns then older devices. Consequently, it best to set a minimum requirement for mobile company devices and BYOD devices to ensure that your company is best protected.
- Mobile Device Management
It’s highly important that companies keep track of all their mobile devices deployed to their employees. A mobile device management (MDM) solution is essential for large companies trying to keep track of countless phones, laptops and other devices across their workforce. However, small and medium size companies can also benefit from an MDM solution, particularly those with a BYOD program. It can be a great tool to ensure that the devices employees use incorporate the relevant security capabilities.
- Blacklisting Apps
Many security threats penetrate companies due to user errors which are often just honest mistakes. By simply downloading the wrong app, for instance, employees can accidentally leave the door open to have corporate data stolen from their smartphone. Whitelisting and blocklisting apps via an MDM solution helps protect employees — and their employers — from these kinds of risks by making it clear which apps and sites are safe.
- Two Factor Authentication
While, it might seem obvious two factor authentication is essential for your business. Weak and easily forgotten passwords can make it simple for rogue third parties to gain access to mobile devices. Two-factor authentication is a straightforward way for businesses to begin protect their interests.
- User Training & Security Awareness
Whilst some companies view training and security awareness as a one-time activity, that’s the wrong move. It needs to be treated as an ongoing work in progress. To do this correctly, companies need to make sure that training is easy to understand and available through different channels depending on their preference. Simple activities to ensure proper security awareness include employee newsletters, instructional videos or even push notifications sent to all company smartphones.
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