Today, mobility has become an integral part of every business strategy. Enterprises are inching towards digitization embracing BYOD (Bring-Your-Own-Device) and an array of devices and applications that hit the marketplace every day. But as they advance with this digital shift, thousands of hackers strive to tap into their devices and applications to phish the business or user information and implant malware.
As the adoption of mobility increases, the risks of potential security threats and attacks will also simultaneously increase. In such a scenario, enterprises deem to strengthen mobile security. Though this is the most befitting solution to mitigate security threats, there are some key considerations an enterprise needs to take into account at the outset of their mobile security strategy. So, let’s take a closer at the key considerations your enterprise mobile security strategy should contain.
Enterprise Mobility Security
According to Gartner, there are three levels of encryption that matters to your mobile devices – device-level encryption, data-level encryption, and network-level encryption.
The device-level encryption is primarily used to ensure the protection of devices when they are lost or stolen. This encryption type targets people who steal and try to access the data from your device. It mandates device passcodes so as to authenticate the user and prevent data exchange. The second encryption type focuses on securing your data in the device. It encrypts the data stored in a secured container of the device.
The network-level encryption is often overlooked by enterprises but in reality is more effective than the device-level security. It encrypts the data transmitted to unidentified networks, securing a channel between two network endpoints. Implementing these mobile encryption levels will not only improve your mobile security posture but also make it easier for IT professionals to manage encryption effectively.
While working in remote and public environments, you must control the data flow and restrict remote access. Securing remote access helps you establish a secure connection between the corporate network and encrypted mobile devices, making it difficult for hackers to interpret the data exchanged through the connection. It also ensures the security of the data exchanged in all scenarios – within the corporate environment as well as when using a public or private network.
Auditing mobile security and conducting penetration testing at least once a year is a must to secure your mobile environment. You can hire a reputable mobile security testing company to detect security threats, early on. Some security firms even help with mitigating and remediating the threats they discover while performing audit and safeguard your data and devices from the potential threats that may arise in the future.
Compliance reporting provides total control of enterprise mobile security environment to IT pros including users, applications, devices, access rights, and more. Having this level of control enables IT department to identify security issues well before they affect your intellectual property, financial assets, and other sensitive information while keeping them at bay.
Data Loss Prevention (DLP) policy is generally implemented to restrict users from transmitting the sensitive or critical business information outside the network. Through DLP, an IT admin can control the share, access, edit and delete rights provided to users through a mobile device. For instance, DLP may let a user access and view a document on an authorized app on through a device, but restricts sharing, editing or saving the document to an unauthorized app on the cloud.
With the rising threat of security breaches and cyber attacks, securing mobile devices and data is no longer an option but the need of the hour. And as they say, change is the new constant – so it’s essential to keep your understanding of mobile security up to date and enhance your security posture time to time. In the meantime, including the above-listed security techniques in your enterprise mobile strategy will help you exercise proper security compliance and keep the hackers miles away.
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