The massive increase in the popularity of mobile platforms and cloud storage for interdepartmental communications within companies has prompted growing security concerns. IT security experts warn that the absence of effective security protocols could translate into reputation damage, profit loss and criminal activity under the name of your company, should users become the target of malicious third parties.
Multiple layers of security are mandatory for mobile devices that have been granted access to sensitive information, in order to thwart cyber attacks. The reason why mobiles are more at risk by comparison with desktops is that users often employ them outside the company’s premises, where various security protocols – firewall, content filters, antimalware programs, etc. – are in place. Let’s find out the steps you should take to maximize undesired external access to your organization’s resources.
Anti-malware solutions for mobiles
In the early days, the operating systems and hardware of tablets and smartphones were not at risk of malware infection. As their complexity and number of utilizations in corporate environments grew, various hacker groups saw the opportunity to develop viruses, Trojans and backdoor apps that specifically target the iOS and Android based gadgets. Common sense dictates that every device that is utilized to connect to the internet should feature an anti-malware program.
Data encryption and VPNs
Wireless data transfers and communication are by default the easiest venues for hackers to infiltrate your organization. Therefore, data encryption becomes a necessity in the modern corporate environment. VPNs are the next step in data security, because these solutions already feature effective encryption protocols in addition to state of the art authentication requirements.
Robust authentication requirements
Speaking of authentication, the newest generations of mobile communication gadgets incorporate a number of local recognition solutions, from voice recognition to fingerprint scanning. However, even the previous generations of mobile platforms that don’t feature the aforementioned biometrics scans could benefit from the use of simple yet robust authenticators. For instance, a single-session password with a limited expiration date would make the device substantially more difficult to be access by a third party.
To address the security risks in the event when a device is stolen, implementing a protocol that automatically erases the contents of the mobile upon a preset number of wrong passwords inputted is an option. At the same time, you could also install an application that permits erasing the data remotely, upon request.
Third party application restrictions
Companies that implement the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) practices should take into account that their employees’ mobiles could already incorporate unsecured applications or be riddled with malware. For the BYOD policy, experts recommend utilizing virtual machines with pre-established access levels for each device, rather than permitting them to connect directly to the main network.
Auditing mobile security protocols and conducting tests on their effectiveness
There are several service providers that specialize in auditing their client’s network in search for vulnerabilities, and most IT security experts recommend that these tests should be performed on an annual basis, at the very least. Security penetration testers are able to evaluate the security levels of your company, point out the risks and suggest ways to address them.
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