If you’ve kept an eye on tech news lately, you realize that threats to mobile devices are not in short supply, which has many organizations focusing on enterprise mobile security. The discussion often turns to solutions, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and seeking out where vulnerabilities lie.
When an employee takes a company-owned device and accesses a public network, you’ve just opened yourself up to a potential attack. This happens when hackers set up a fake wireless network, perhaps called “free public Wi-Fi” or “Customer Wi-Fi” or “Guest Wi-Fi.” These are actually quite common, and they’re not all corrupted, but all it takes is one employee accessing one fake network and your data can be compromised.
Addressing this in an educational way can be of benefit. Every employee should be aware of the threats posed by public Wi-Fi, and they need to be held accountable should they handle company data on one.
Data leakage is also an issue that has to be addressed in your enterprise mobile security strategy. Did you know that some apps will transmit personal or corporate data to a remote server? One way to limit this type of leakage, which is thought to be one of the biggest security threats today, is to restrict permissions for personal apps.
Make Visibility a Priority
With a traditional, company-based network, the use of secure web gateways and firewalls allows leaders to gain more visibility and better surveillance that can bump up their level of security. For example, network performance monitoring tools provide insights that lead to more control over what’s happening on your network. Counting on this type of security to protect your mobile behavior, however, is not an option.
One of the overarching issues with mobile security is that many administrators don’t know what their network traffic is doing, preventing them from being able to spot anomalies. You might have brought an enterprise mobility management solution into the mix, but do you know how this solution works in real-time? That can be an issue as apps communicate with many disparate servers, and you might not have any visibility into how data is transmitted, especially in real-time, which is important if you’re going to quickly respond to a threat.
Mobility has drastically improved productivity because employees can have constant access to work data that they use to complete daily tasks. From personal devices to work-owned devices, they’re in constant use, and they can be the gateway to getting hacked. At One Connect, we assist our clients in making the right telecom and security decisions. If you need technology consulting solutions, we’re here to help. Contact us, and let’s talk about our solutions.