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Mitigating Risks of Mobility

Mitigating Risks of Mobility

Enterprise mobility continues to be one of the highest priorities of corporate decision-makers, as the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend has provided companies with an opportunity to drive employee engagement, productivity and efficiency while simultaneously cutting equipment expenditures. However, BYOD has been considered an extremely disruptive trend, especially because of the threat that personal devices used to access corporate data and networks pose.

Executives need to ensure that their companies' information governance policies are strong prior to launching BYOD to avoid the various threats. Enforcement of such protocols can be extremely difficult when using traditional strategies, but mobile device management and security solutions can give IT personnel the controls they need to uphold protocols and protect mission-critical information.

Training key in BYOD 
ZDNet recently reported that while firewalls and data protection software are the most important components of BYOD security, training is essential to ensure information governance policies regulations are being properly upheld. According to the news provider, many employees are not yet comfortable with smartphones and other mobile computing devices, while others will not understand security best practices for corporate use. 

Employers need to ensure that all staff members participating in BYOD are well prepared, while providing the necessary tools following launch. The source highlighted five of the most important points to touch upon during staff training for mobile devices, including the dangers of using public or any other wireless internet source that is not secured.

ZDNet recommended employers companies make upgrading devices and software at every available time a requirement under the policies, as updates are most often provided to correct a widespread issue with the hardware, operating system or application. Each employee should be educated in malware and viruses, including the best practices to avoid contracting one on a mobile device.

The news provider added that staff members should also know to not store mission-critical data or other sensitive information on their mobile devices, as well as the strongest accessibility requirements to protect corporate infrastructure should the smartphone or tablet be lost or stolen.

Mobile office spreading
AXA Business Insurance recently released a study of commercial van drivers in the United Kingdom, seeking to discover the security vulnerabilities present in the industry that has high volumes of mobile workers. According to the firm, van drivers believe that the ability to carry out responsibilities through new mobile equipment, such as smartphones and tablets, has dramatically improved their businesses.

The research determined that 71 percent of all commercial van drivers are using smartphones, while just under half have laptops or tablets in their vehicles. The security threat this poses is obvious, as both the equipment and the information stored are often highly valuable. 

Most reports indicate that BYOD will not slow down, but rather intensify and spread to nearly 90 percent of enterprises across the globe in the coming years. Corporate decision-makers need to ensure that their enterprise IT infrastructure is prepared to support the use of personal smartphones and tablets, and that employees are properly trained in information governance policies.