How Mature is Your Mobile Security? Understanding Mobile Security Maturation
It cannot be understated how important it is to have exemplary mobile security. With the current trend being more businesses and organizations moving most if not all information to mobile — such as the use of mobile business applications and cloud storage — mobile security maturation should be at the top of the list.
With that being said, some may assume their current practices and policies are refined, but when is the last time you evaluated your organization’s security and benchmarked it across industries and peers? A comprehensive security posture extends beyond the firewall and to a wide array of untrusted networks and devices.
The risk of unsuspecting employees being susceptible to malicious applications and compromising corporate data continues to climb, making now the time to review mobile security standards. Knowing how your employees are accessing work-related matters should be addressed first.
What Are the Standards for Mobile Security?
Protecting the interests of your business and customers is essential when cybercriminals can cause great harm to the information stored within your network. Harmful mobile apps, like ransomware, can infiltrate into devices and steal passwords, personal information, and corporate data.
Since vendors only update software for so many years, hackers that continuously try to access the network could eventually be successful. You may not even be aware of the state of your current network. Is it still being regularly updated with fixes and security measures? After evaluating what security policies are still currently being offered, you may find that now is the right time to move to a new software platform.
Besides the unethical stealing of information, larger-scale issues you may run into is the unlawful distribution of intellectual property. Not to mention, malicious software can corrupt or encrypt your systems and data interrupting or suspending your business operations.
Asking your IT team to be involved in and to assess what they believe are the most important uses and needs for mobility is a great place to start before doing an entire overhaul of new equipment.
Understanding the Needs of Mobile Users and Devices
Your security and best practices are only effective if it is imperative to the needs of mobile users and their devices. What before may have worked for a stationary desktop in the office may not be a good strategy for mobile devices. You now need to ask yourself if your employees are using personal or company-issued equipment to work on. Regardless, this will be outside of your secured network, and extra precautions will need to take place.
The benefits of mobile devices for businesses are plentiful — as it means the work can be done outside of the office. The integration of remote work opens up the ability to stay in touch with your team outside of the building using email or other approved collaboration apps. It also allows them to safely access your corporate applications and data if necessary.
Security measures, such as identity management and two-factor authentication, should be considered when accessing propriety information outside of the office. Employees may be checking and responding to emails on open networks such as those found in coffee shops, airports, airplanes, and hotels.
Leverage your cross-functional mobility team and ask about what they see as the most desirable aspects of mobile devices so that you can gain insight on how you can implement the mature security strategy.
Implementing a Mature Security Strategy
Now that you understand what your users need for their devices, and what the standards look like, you are ready to implement a mature security strategy. Depending on the size of your company, you may be looking for a trusted partner to come in and help you execute to save your business precious time and money.
Our team of technicians and experts can help with the implementation of a successful and mature security strategy. TRG UEM Support can help your business overcome these challenges by assisting in the optimization of your mobility program.
Our varying levels of support plans are customized to fit your organization’s unique needs. Contact us to learn more about how we can be of assistance to your business. We are more than happy to help!