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Are you aware of the risks that company-issued smartphones and other mobile devices may bring to your business? What you need to know about mobile device security.

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Mobile Device Security

Are you aware of the risks that company-issued smartphones and other mobile devices may bring to your business? What you need to know about mobile device security.
Because of all they can offer, smartphones and tablet devices are essential to many professions’ daily operations. However, as use rises, it will become more and more critical to ensure that mobile device security can adequately protect you from new and existing threats.

The need for proper mobile device security is no different than the need for a well-protected computer network. Gone are the days when the most sensitive information on an employee’s phone is contact names and numbers. Now a smartphone could grant access to any number of applications, emails, and stored passwords. Depending on how your organization uses such devices, unauthorized access to the information on a smartphone or tablet could be just as damaging as a data breach involving a more traditional computer system.

 

Lost or Stolen Devices

Because of their size and nature of use, mobile devices are at an increased risk of being lost or stolen. Since most devices automatically store passwords in their memory to keep users logged in to email and other applications, having physical possession of the device is one of the easiest ways for unauthorized users to access private information

The phone or tablet should be locked with a password to prevent someone from accessing a lost or stolen device. The password should be time-sensitive, automatically locking the phone out after a short period of inactivity. Most devices come with such security features built-in, which is something you should consider before purchasing. In addition, depending on your cellphone provider, some services allow you to remotely lock down or erase a device if it is lost or stolen.

 

Malicious Attacks

Mobile devices have the potential to be just as susceptible to malware and viruses as computers, yet many businesses don’t consider instituting the same type of safeguards. As reliance on these devices continues to grow, so will their attractiveness as potential targets. Third-party applications are especially threatening as a way for malware to install itself onto a device. Employees should never install unauthorized applications on their company devices.

 

Analyze Threats

Like any potential exposure, the level of risk brought on by mobile devices is mainly based on how your company uses them. Therefore, conduct a formal risk assessment to determine your most significant risks. Also, establish when to conduct follow-up assessments to account for new exposures created by the ever-advancing state of technology.

 

Establish a Mobile Device Policy

Before issuing mobile devices to your employees, establish a mobile device usage policy. Outline what does and does not constitute acceptable use and what actions will be taken if employees violate the policy. In addition, employees must understand the mobile device security risk inherent to their role in its mitigation. Well-informed, responsible users are an invaluable layer of security protecting mobile devices.

Because of all they can offer, smartphones and tablet devices are essential to many professions’ daily operations. However, as use rises, it will become more and more critical to ensure that mobile device security can adequately protect you from new and existing threats.

The need for proper mobile device security is no different than the need for a well-protected computer network. Gone are the days when the most sensitive information on an employee’s phone is contact names and numbers. Now a smartphone could grant access to any number of applications, emails, and stored passwords. Depending on how your organization uses such devices, unauthorized access to the information on a smartphone or tablet could be just as damaging as a data breach involving a more traditional computer system.

 

Lost or Stolen Devices

Because of their size and nature of use, mobile devices are at an increased risk of being lost or stolen. Since most devices automatically store passwords in their memory to keep users logged in to email and other applications, having physical possession of the device is one of the easiest ways for unauthorized users to access private information

The phone or tablet should be locked with a password to prevent someone from accessing a lost or stolen device. The password should be time-sensitive, automatically locking the phone out after a short period of inactivity. Most devices come with such security features built-in, which is something you should consider before purchasing. In addition, depending on your cellphone provider, some services allow you to remotely lock down or erase a device if it is lost or stolen.

 

Malicious Attacks

Mobile devices have the potential to be just as susceptible to malware and viruses as computers, yet many businesses don’t consider instituting the same type of safeguards. As reliance on these devices continues to grow, so will their attractiveness as potential targets. Third-party applications are especially threatening as a way for malware to install itself onto a device. Employees should never install unauthorized applications on their company devices.

 

Analyze Threats

Like any potential exposure, the level of risk brought on by mobile devices is mainly based on how your company uses them. Therefore, conduct a formal risk assessment to determine your most significant risks. Also, establish when to conduct follow-up assessments to account for new exposures created by the ever-advancing state of technology.

 

Establish a Mobile Device Policy

Before issuing mobile devices to your employees, establish a mobile device usage policy. Outline what does and does not constitute acceptable use and what actions will be taken if employees violate the policy. In addition, employees must understand the mobile device security risk inherent to their role in its mitigation. Well-informed, responsible users are an invaluable layer of security protecting mobile devices.

The Last Word

Mobile devices are becoming as essential to business operations as a personal computer.  Because of their increased use and portability, mobile device security is also becoming vital. For more information on protecting your mobile devices, contact an InsureGood Advisor today.

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