Top 4 Mobile Risks for Businesses
The world around us is changing – and the mobile revolution plays an incredibly important role in this. But like with everything else, mobile technology comes with both its advantages and disadvantages as well.
Mobile security risks can be difficult to manage if you don’t pay enough attention – and even more so when these risks are targeted at company data. When you take into consideration the fact that most Gen Y employees are more than tech-savvy and that a majority of them bring their own mobile devices to work, you will realize that it is of the utmost importance that you proactively take measures against the potential mobile security risks.
But what are they and how can you really avoid them? We have put together some of the most commonly encountered mobile technology risks you can avoid by paying attention to detail. Read on and find out more.
1. Sharing Too Much
In a world where you can take a photo of everything and send it to whomever you want in a matter of seconds, sharing is a more-than-popular word. According to some recent studies, a lot of young employees do not protect their mobile devices with passwords. Even more, the vast majority of them put security as the fifth criterion in selecting a new device (which actually comes after the brand and the operating system). Under these circumstances, even an employee who leaves his/her unlocked phone in a taxi could pose a risk for your business.
What can you do?
Educate your employees. Many of them may not even realize what a threat their mobile devices could be for the important data of your company. Building the right security and BYOD policy is just as important as any other security measure you may take for your company – so make sure you put a lot of attention into how exactly you do this.
2. Using the Wrong Security Software Applications
This may come without saying for many of you, but using the right security software is absolutely crucial if you want to be 100% certain that no data is being leaked from your company “by accident”.
Sure, a good antivirus can protect your computers from being hacked into. But what is there to do when it comes to the employees’ mobile devices and the way in which they are connected to the data in your company? As mentioned above, the mobile industry is gaining more and more traction with each day that passes by, so you will have to be absolutely sure your employees’ devices do not get attacked in any way.
What can you do?
The key here is making sure that they connect to the company’s network in a way that is as secure as possible. Think of all the ways in which your employees connect to the data in your company’s computers via their mobile devices and try to eliminate any trace of insecurity there.
For instance, if you have employees that are hired remotely or employees that offer remote technical assistance, provide them with a remote control software application that is truly secure. According to Proxy Networks, your remote control software application has to be both extremely secure and very efficient as well so take this into consideration when choosing your software.
3. Apps That Are Not Vetted
Surveys show that a lot of companies are more than willing to increase their budgets for the creation of new apps – and that is truly a great idea when it comes to attracting clients closer to your business. However, be aware of the fact that the apps you create for your business should be completely secure.
Google Play has always been more permissible with enterprise apps, especially since it allows users to download apps both from Google Play and from third-party sites too. However, Apple is far more restrictive when it comes to this. As of lately, they have created a way in which companies can distribute their apps to the employees – but many companies bypass the “vetting” process Apple has imposed and thus, they lose security in the process.
What can you do?
Make sure the apps you create for your employees are completely safe. One employee losing his/her smartphone is terrible, indeed. But having an app that has security flaws means that the entire team is at risk of spreading information that should be confidential. Make sure the app is created in a way that does not allow for such leaks and make sure the servers the app is accessing are equally secure as well.
4. Not Handling Sessions Properly
Signing into an account or app can also be a risk for your company – or at least it can be if the signing out method is not properly managed. For instance, if an employee signs into an app that provides him/her with important information related to the company’s activity and he forgets to sign out, anyone who has access to his/her mobile device will also have access to this information as well.
What can you do?
If you have provided your employees with a mobile app to help them perform better, make sure you implement proper solutions when it comes to how they sign in (and out) of the apps. To get an idea of how your app should behave, think of how online banking sites and apps build the sign in procedures. For example, some of them will automatically log off if the user has not shown signs of activity in a certain amount of time.
The rise of the mobile tech industry has grown rampantly within the last decade. Although useful, employers should proceed with caution when handling confidential data via mobile device. Choosing the right software and educating your employees are just a few basic steps towards an effective company security plan. Taking the initiative to thoroughly secure your employees’ devices is crucial for anyone who wants to minimize the risk of losing sensitive data.