With so many consumer devices accessing enterprise networks, mobile data security has become a top concern in the enterprise.
As an IT administrator, you have many tools at your disposal to secure corporate data, but you'll also need help from users. You could use mobile device management systems to require passcodes and remotely wipe devices when necessary, for example, plus make sure users are educated on how to keep data safe. Some employees might not know about or understand all the security tools that are built into their devices. They also might be unaware of the risks associated with downloading applications.
Check out these tips on mobile data security to learn more about the risks that smartphones and tablets pose to corporate data, what tools you can use to mitigate them and how users can help.
1Mobile data security primer-
Securing corporate data
Mobile devices that carry enterprise data and access corporate networks can be risky in terms of keeping sensitive information safe. It's important to stop corporate data from leaking from users' devices, and there are many tools you can use, including remote wipe, encryption, mobile device management (MDM) software and more.
When it comes to protecting smartphones and tablets from malware, IT can't rely on McGruff the Crime Dog; instead, you'll have to take matters into your own hands. Install virus protection on users' devices and educate them about risky downloading practices. Continue Reading
It's important to train users in the arts of device security and data protection so they can help ensure the safety of corporate data. Inform workers about the security features available on their devices, such as location tracking and screen locks. Continue Reading
The number of consumer device types in the enterprise makes ensuring mobile data security and compliance difficult. To meet these challenges, IT needs to take steps such as defining a data classification policy and investing in MDM tools. Continue Reading
2Safeguards for iOS-
Apple has a fairly strong reputation for security, but it's still possible for iPhones and iPads to get malware and then infect the enterprise. There are ways that hackers can get past the security features available on the devices. Some users don't even have features such as passcodes and FindMyiPhone enabled, which makes it even easier for data thieves to get the corporate information they want. Find out how Apple has improved security over the years, how your company's data could still leak and what -- if anything -- you can do about it.
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3Use your head-
Compared with Apple, some people think Android gets low marks for security. It's true that Google Play has been host to some malware issues in the past, but Google has added some new security features to the marketplace and the Android operating system. There are also ways that IT can help users keep corporate data safe, such as encouraging workers to use common-sense downloading practices.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich brought some enterprise features to devices, such as full-device encryption and a VPN application programming interface. Continue Reading
Android mobile application management can help you control which apps users can run, but you still won't be able to limit Wi-Fi access or lock down devices. Continue Reading