Mobile Security Is the Barrier Between Your Data and Hackers

There is no shortage of advice and certifications available for businesses trying to avoid a cybersecurity disaster. To gain an edge on mobile security planning, many IT professionals are seeking out the CompTIA Security+ (Plus) certification. Security+ assesses baseline cybersecurity skills and is compliant with ISO 17024 standards and approved by the US DoD to meet directive 8140/8570.01-M requirements. Professionals with this certification are well-versed in many topics, including cyber threats, the cybersecurity landscape as it pertains to performing surveys, fundamentals regarding confidentiality and integrity, deploying security applications, and concepts regarding network infrastructure.

Understanding these potential threats and the landscape is essential, especially as businesses expand their boundaries with new mobile strategies. With an anytime, anywhere approach to business, the of a cyberattack grows dramatically. Business mobility must come with respect for all the different ways a cyberattack can occur.

An unfortunate change with cybercrime is its focus on SMBs and municipalities. These criminals are opportunists, searching for the easiest target. At the same time, they are continually evolving their approach with new attacks and ways into the network. How can you better protect your organization’s infrastructure and data in this age of mobility? Here are a few of our tips. 

  1. Secure the Devices

    Any mobile device distributed to a company employee should have security functionalities installed. Passwords associated with these devices must be difficult to guess, in case the device becomes lost or stolen. A two-factor authentication process should be the standard operating procedure for increased mobile security protection.
  2. Establish a Written Mobile Security Policy

    Your policy should spell out precisely what is expected of anyone using a mobile device. For example, everyone should know what resources are allowed to be accessed, what applications can be installed, and how upgrades and patches are to be installed and updated. A security update alert should never be ignored, as often missed updates are how devices are compromised.
  3. Make Your Mobile Security Strategy Easy to Understand

    One way to get everyone on board with your strategy is to design a model that provides a visual context. This gives everyone a better understanding of the threats that are out there and the controls you have in place to keep them at arm’s length.
  4. Enforce the Mobile Security Policy

    Your security team also needs to enforce strict adherence to your mobile security policies. It’s not uncommon for employees to slip up and make mistakes without realizing it. Your enforcement team needs to jump on such incidents right away, to avoid repeating mistaking.  

Want to learn more about creating a mobile strategy? Our recent blog shares four key elements of a mobility plan. And, we also offer a free cybersecurity assessment. Read the blog, then contact us. Your path to a secure mobile future is closer than you think.  

 

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