Now, more than ever.
If you’re reading this blog, chances are you are reading it from a mobile device; phone, tablet, laptop. And you’re most probably checking business email and downloading business materials on your mobile device. While mobile devices allow you to work remotely, communicate easily, and stay productive while on-the-go, they also increase the risk of security breaches.
Depending upon your investment in cybersecurity measures, you may be particularly vulnerable to some of these threats. In this blog, I will discuss the importance of mobile security and what you can do to improve your company’s cybersecurity posture.
Why is Mobile Security Important?
Mobile devices store and transmit sensitive business data such as customer information, financial records, and intellectual property. Therefore, a single security breach can have catastrophic consequences and become very costly, especially for a smaller business.
The purpose of mobile security is to ensure and protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data on mobile devices. The focus is to protect against a range of threats such as data theft, malware, and unauthorized access.
Mobile Security Incidents and Most Common Causes
Cybersecurity attacks have become common today, with small businesses being a key target given their limited ability to invest in more protective solutions.
The most common causes of these cybersecurity threats include:
Phishing Attacks: Phishing attacks involve sending fake emails or messages that trick users into revealing sensitive information such as passwords or account details. Phishing attacks are the most common cause of data breaches.
Malware: Malware is software that is designed to harm a mobile device, network, or system. It can steal data, damage files, and cause system failures.
Device Loss or Theft: Device loss or theft can result in the loss of sensitive data or unauthorized access to business systems.
Outdated Software: Outdated software can leave mobile devices vulnerable to security threats. Software updates should be installed as soon as they become available.
Unsecured Wi-Fi Networks: Public Wi-Fi networks are often unsecured, making them vulnerable to hacking and eavesdropping. Employees should be instructed not to use public Wi-Fi networks for business purposes.
Based on a study conducted by Verizon, 43% of all data breaches involved small businesses. Additionally, the study found that 70% of small businesses that experienced a data breach went out of business within a year.
Improving Mobile Security
But you don’t have to be one of the statistics. There are several steps you can take to improve mobile security, including:
Developing a Mobile Device Policy: A Mobile Device Policy outlines the company accepted usage of mobile devices, including personal mobile devices. This policy defines what is expected of your employees to ensure company data is protected. Here is a good example of a Mobile Device Policy, compliments of RIATA.
Implementing a Mobile Device Management (MDM) Solution: MDM solutions allow businesses to manage and secure mobile devices remotely. They can enforce security policies, install updates, and wipe data from lost or stolen devices.
Providing Employee Education and Training: Employees should be educated on the importance of mobile security and trained on how to identify and avoid security threats.
Enforcing Password Policies: Password policies can help prevent unauthorized access to business systems. Passwords should be complex and changed regularly. Consider using a password manager or other single-sign-on solution to make it easy.
Installing Endpoint Protection: Endpoint protection includes protection from viruses, malware and other security threats in real time, all the time.
Using Secure Communication Tools: Secure communication tools such as encrypted messaging and video conferencing can help protect sensitive information during transmission.
While mobile devices are key for staying in touch and staying productive, they also increase the vulnerability of cybersecurity attacks and breaches. So, it’s important to increase your vigilance and make sure your business does not become a victim.
By taking the steps outlined above, you can improve your mobile security and reduce the risk of cybersecurity incidents.
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If you want to know where to start, RIATA can help get you pointed in the right direction. We understand mobile security and can make recommendations to improve. Contact RIATA to get a complimentary assessment of your mobile security.
About the Author: Tommy Wald is CEO of RIATA Technologies, a Managed IT Services Provider headquartered in Austin, TX. He can be reached at TWald@RiataTechnologies.com.