With almost every person owning a smartphone these days, mobile security is becoming ever more important. Companies that provide phones and other mobile devices to its employees need to be hyper-vigilant of the security of their mobile enterprise. With all kinds of sensitive data floating around in the cloud and being stored on individual devices, you need to make sure that it doesn’t get into the wrong hands.
A good resource for the topic of mobile security is the IBM Mobile Security Framework. To meet the mobile security standards of today, IBM addresses four key mobile security challenges:
- Protecting devices
- Securing content and collaboration
- Safeguarding application and data
- Managing access and fraud
Let’s begin by focusing on the two data stores that everyone wants to protect: end user information and proprietary company information.
Protecting End User Information
End user information can refer to internal personnel, Social Security numbers, salary and benefits information, medical information, and personal contact information, just to name a few things.
One study done by the US Federal Reserve found that almost half of all smartphone owners have used mobile banking. The IBM Institute for Business Value found that mobile devices are increasingly being used for a wide range of work activities once restricted to desktops. And another IBM study found that 78% of the top mobile applications have been hacked.
With all kinds of sensitive data being stored on our mobile devices, it’s vital that we go the extra mile to protect it. Hackers are only going to continue to evolve their techniques and attack methods, so it makes sense that we do the same to improve our mobile security.
Protecting Proprietary Company Data
Many companies rely on proprietary information such as marketing strategies, sale and customer data, and product development plans to successfully compete. The exact value of this information is hard to determine, but it’s sure to be high, making it worth investing in an airtight IT security system.
PerformanceIT offers a number of services to keep your data protected from outside attackers. With us as your business’s network security and backup/recovery firm, you won’t have to worry about unexpected data breaches.
Have us start by performing a free network analysis so that we can determine exactly where security breaches are most likely to occur.