When employees can utilize their own mobile devices for work, they are often more productive. As a result, organizations are beginning to utilize them more as business tools by adopting cloud-based services and custom apps that foster productivity.
Unfortunately, the rise in the mobile workforce has also led to an increase in security risks. In August of this year, a report from Check Point Software found that mobile devices are the biggest point of vulnerability in any enterprise's cybersecurity efforts. In fact, the survey found that companies with more than 2,000 mobile devices, there is a 50 percent chance that at least six of them have been infected with some type of malware. Given that mobile workers are out and about, accessing company data from anywhere, business leaders are rightly concerned about the security of these devices.
Mobile device management (MDM) can help mitigate security risk by allowing the organization to control certain activities on employee devices. MDM primarily manages corporate data, email security, and document security as it relates to corporate policies.
Here are some security tips to keep in mind when implementing a MDM program at your workplace:
- Create an acceptable-use policy for BYOD workers. The policy should provide guidelines and protocols for acceptable mobile device uses as they pertain to the company. According to Business News Daily contributor Sara Angeles, involving stakeholders is crucial when discussing the rules and control limits governing the policy.
- Keep business growth in mind. Choose a platform that is scalable, agile and flexible enough to meet your current and future business requirements.
- Educate your employees. Good device security starts and ends with employees being conscious about their browsing habits and what they're clicking on. Make sure workers are educated on proper security practices and the acceptable-use terms of the BYOD policy.
- Back-up data. Prevention tips aside, when it comes to your devices, you also want to be prepared for a worst-case scenario. Utilize external resources, such as the cloud, to keep your data safe from potential loss.
- Learn how to remove malware from infected devices. Android devices, for example, have recently been targeted by malicious programs created specifically for their operating system. According to a report from German security firm G Data, 2 million new strains of Android malware were expected in 2015. If malware does infiltrate a device, try restarting it in Safe Mode before completely swiping the hard drive.
Pinnacle, an Advanced Imaging Solutions company can help your organization with mobile device management and security options. Our IT experts can identify weaknesses in your infrastructure and point you in the right direction when it comes to keeping your data safe. Contact us today to see how we can keep your data secure.