The mobile security sector is at a turning point. Since remote work has become more pervasive and round-the-clock, mobile device usage has become more prevalent. The vulnerability of these devices has become a serious concern as malware, smishing, and other mobile threats are more rampant today. Other cybersecurity projects have always overshadowed the current mobile security procedures. Since the threat landscape of poorly secured mobile devices is now exposed, companies are working towards strengthening their security posture for all mobile devices with access to business information. This article at Computerworld by Ed Tittel shares the seven best mobile device security practices you must follow to protect your data.
Mobile Device Security Concerns
Overconfidence in mobile device security worsens cybersecurity issues in enterprise mobility management (EMM) and mobile device management (MDM). Since these do not provide the complete security protection necessary to cope with the mobile threat environment of today, calling for a much more proactive approach is imperative. Although security measures can be challenging and costly, the author lists some feasible mobile security best practices that protect the organization’s IP, trade secrets, and competitive advantage from unauthorized disclosure.
Seven Steps to Enhance Your Mobile Device Security
While several of these practices aim to protect mobile devices themselves, others seek to protect the data and applications that users interact with:
Install and update antimalware and other security applications regularly.Use a VPN. VPNs provide strong encryption and allow users to log in, manage, and authenticate when using mobile devices to access applications, services, or remote desktops and systems.Implement multi-factor authentication to ensure only authorized personnel have access to the data.Limit access and usage of third-party software to prevent loss or theft of data.Implement firewalls and security control applications to direct mobile traffic through unique gateways to avoid data loss.Ensure that devices are configured to avoid unsecured wireless networks and that Bluetooth is hidden from discovery.Hire a reputable security testing firm to conduct mobile device penetration testing. Additionally, these companies can assist with remediating and mitigating any issues they discover.
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