Security Risks for Enterprise Mobility and Best Practice to Deal with Them
Guest Blog from the guys at Digital Defence. Security Risks for Enterprise Mobility and Best Practice to Deal with Them.
Digital Defence develop world class data and device protection solutions for mobile devices. Mobile device management solutions protect selected data and centrally enforce security policies on mobile devices – a true enabler for mobility.
Does your enterprise organisation allow your employees and IT users to connect their handheld computers, mobiles and Smartphones to your company-wide network solutions?
If so, you probably already know that you need to be aware of the data and security risks associated with mobile deployments. Have you developed a strategy which outlines the appropriate policies for dealing with these issues effectively and efficiently?
This article covers 6 best practices and policies for handheld device security. All of which can have a significant impact on the Return on Investment ROI of your project.
Potential Security Risks
Simply put, handheld devices are prone to loss, theft or compromise simply because they are portable by nature. It’s relatively easy, whether by intention or accident, for an unauthorised person to gain access to a handheld devices, including the resident data.
Some people share their devices with family members or friends. Opportunistic thieves aim for easy targets and those they know are likely to have high value devices in their possession; anyone from couriers to travelling business people to service engineers are all at risk.
Identity theft is now a highly organised crime and high profile or enterprise level organisations that hold personal data about their customers or clients are attractive targets for data theft.
There were over 102,300 recorded cases of Identity theft in 2009 – Source CIFA 2010
Identity fraud cost the economy £1.2 billion in one year – Identity Fraud Steering Committee figures, 2008
If your handheld devices are configured to access corporate email or to connect to your Enterprise software through your Virtual Private Network (VPN), you already have a significant security risk.
Solution: One simple measure that is worth adopting early is to require your users to protect their devices with passwords or PINs. Selected passwords should be required to access the operating system whenever the handheld is switched on as well as to unlock the device in the first place.
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Andrew has worked on some of the largest Enterprise Mobility projects in the UK Eastern Europe the Middle East and Africa. He has user and project experience in helping companies think through and develop mobile strategies to get the most out of a deployment.