Developments in technology have led to tremendous increases in the power and usefulness of mobile devices. SMEs can now benefit from remote operational capacity that previously only large corporations could afford. As convenient and helpful as such technologies can be, their use brings up security concerns. Securing mobile devices is complicated by the fact that they are used remotely, unlike devices which are only used on-premises.
Despite the security challenges involved, the added productivity going mobile brings means that this trend is not likely to reverse anytime soon. Some tips for the secure use of mobile technologies are listed below:
- Use a mobile device management (MDM) solution that allows you to authorise and alter mobile business devices remotely. A key feature to look for in a solution of this type is the ability to wipe a device remotely in case it is lost or stolen. An MDM can also help with lost passwords and other issues that occur with a mobile device that is in use in the field.
- Look into mobile versions of your existing security solutions. Symantec and other security software vendors offer mobile extensions to their primary products.
- Establish procedures for BYOD (bring your own device) use: If you allow employees to use their own mobile devices for business purposes, make sure you have explained to them your company’s policies for the use of such devices.
- Protect your data: At the end of the day, the data, not the devices, is what your company is likely to be most interested in protecting. As a result, focus on how to protect data that is used remotely by, for instance, looking into the use of data loss prevention tools.
- Consider moving to a cloud operating environment: Moving your company’s operational infrastructure to the cloud can improve your mobile security by enabling you to minimise the amount of data that needs to be stored on devices. Doing so also reduces the number of vulnerability points that must be protected.
The momentum of the IT mobile revolution does not appear likely to fade anytime soon. With the boost to productivity such technology fosters, businesses large and small are likely to continue to increase their usage of mobile devices to the greatest extent possible. When it comes to securing these devices, the suggestions above can help protect your firm’s data without having to curtail their use. Whether this involves using extensions to your existing security software or migrating part or all of your company’s operating infrastructure to the cloud, or some other method, will depend on your company’s specific circumstances and requirements.