How to solve your mobile security concerns


26 Feb How to solve your mobile security concerns

The ability to work from anywhere is already changing business. As network connections continue to get stronger and more widespread, our reliance on being connected and having the flexibility to work in a way that suits us is more expected than ever. The combination of mobile devices and the cloud, i.e. using Software as a Service (SaaS) applications like Office 365, makes this possible. However, it also brings new mobile security concerns.

Our post will cover the benefits of mobile working and guide you on how to solve these new concerns.

The ability to access files on the move gives employees more options for how they work. This results in higher productivity, better employee engagement and a more efficient way of working with clients and customers. Along with that, storing company data in the cloud protects the data from potential natural disasters or computer hardware failure, allowing the business to avoid downtime if something bad happens.

Giving your employees the ability to work on mobile devices, has the following benefits:

  • Always available
  • Familiar devices and apps
  • Business continuity
  • Improved customer/client service
  • Increased flexibility around where and when work is undertaken.

With more and more employees adopting mobile devices for work, organisations must create a strategy that ensures they can securely manage all these devices being used and remain compliant with internal and external policies.

Understanding and resolving mobile security concerns

There are several ways that mobile devices are vulnerable to potential security threats. The risks can stem from poor technical controls on the device or by insufficient security practices. These can include:

  • Lack of encryption
  • Malware on devices
  • Non-existent passwords or over-simplified passwords
  • Poorly secured communication channel
  • Out of date operating system or software

Certain security measures should be put into place as standard, to help protect users from mobile-based threats. These include:

– Enabling user identification
– Firewall installation
– Remotely disable and erase lost or stolen devices
– Investing in sophisticated security solutions
– Enabling encryption
– Training staff
– Planning a security strategy, including risk assessment

Sophisticated solutions help you manage mobile security concerns

Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) is a group of cloud-based solutions that bring together access management, device management and security management to give organisations all the benefits of working remotely on mobile devices, while ensuring their systems are secure and under control. This is a perfect way to give your users the right amount of freedom while also securing your system correctly.

EMS’s main role is to ensure greater visibility and control. For your IT department, this means access to sophisticated management tools and security features that ensure better protection across your IT infrastructure. These features include:

  • Perimeter controls and access controls
  • Mobile functionality – Mobile Device Management (MDM) – Intune and AirWatch
  • Application management
  • Classification and rights management.

For example, Microsoft Intune is the component of EMS that manages mobile devices and apps. When used with Office 365, Intune can enable an organisation’s staff to be productive on any device, while keeping corporate data protected. Allowing organisations to:

  • Manage the mobile devices and apps employees use
  • Help control how employees access and share information
  • Keep devices and apps compliant with internal security protocols.

Make the most of mobile working securely

There is real practical value in planning the security around your mobile device setup. Your organisation needs to enable a secure environment that doesn’t compromise the benefits of mobile working and cloud computing. A solution like Microsoft EMS shifts IT management from being device-centric to a more user-centric model which helps identity, device, apps and rights management.

This enables an organisation to make the most of the cloud and mobile working.

Work whenever, wherever

Employees are always just a few clicks away from company data, applications and software with a secure connected device in hand. If staff can work from anywhere it will improve their productivity and create a more flexible business.

Fast, single sign-on

Single-Sign-On (SSO) gives every employee a single identity that they can use to access all their business tools and data from any device. So rather than having to remember multiple passwords, staff can use a single identity verification. This not only saves valuable time but helps reduce security risks.

Sophisticated access control

With the right tools, your organisation can employ a policy-based access control, remote data control and remote application control. Lost or stolen devices can be wiped remotely, threats can be identified before they cause issues and delicate files can be encrypted for extra security?

Support modern work styles

Mobile apps and the use of devices to get work done is now the norm for most businesses. So, it makes sense that your security strategies need to match these changes. By understanding where the threats to your data are and the solutions you may have at your disposal, you can make sure your employees enjoy all the benefits of the cloud and mobile working without worrying about the risks.

For more information on mobile security and the benefits of Microsoft 365, Enterprise Mobility + Security get in touch with CPS today.

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