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Report: Businesses Must Develop Mobile Security Policies

According to a recent InformationWeek report, companies can augment their mobi

Businesses in almost every sector are adopting mobile devices to stimulate increased flexibility and productivity for employees, yet experts say most enterprises lack the necessary policies and technology to secure

Businesses in almost every sector are adopting mobile devices to stimulate increased flexibility and productivity for employees, yet experts say most enterprises lack the necessary policies and technology to secure smartphones and tablets.

According to a recent InformationWeek report, companies can augment their mobile security protocol in various ways - a task that's become more important with employees now storing critical data on mobile devices. To begin, enterprises must first devise strong organizational security policies before applying them to smartphones and tablets.

"Establish the appropriate controls, aligned with your corporate policies, and that make sense for [your] type of organization," Tony DeLaGrange, a senior security consultant at Secure Ideas, told the news source.

The report said it's also imperative for IT departments to proactively enforce mobile security policies and educate employees about preventing data loss on smartphones and tablets. This includes implementing remote wipe software, antivirus programs and password protection for all devices.

According to experts, more companies are implementing bring-your-own-device policies, leaving enterprises vulnerable to data breaches if an employee's smartphone or tablet is lost, stolen or hacked.