Security in the Mobile Era

 Negotiating security in the face of an ever-growing implementation of mobile devices presents serious challenges for organizations. Risks include the growth of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) (coupled with a lack of security controls for these devices), loss/ theft of devices, and the proliferation of mobile malware.

Users need to understand the risks and the steps they can take to minimize them, particularly as cybercriminals often use employees as the entry point into an organization’s network. Here are some key actions users can take to help minimize the likelihood of a successful cyberattack: 

  • Regularly update your devices
  • Enable encryption
  • Use a passcode
  • Do not use public Wi-Fi
  • Install applications from trusted sources
  • Install a phone locator/remote erase app.
  • Disable unwanted services when not in use
  • Carefully dispose of mobile devices