3 Guaranteed Way To Secure Enterprise Devices In Your Organization
Smartphones are ubiquitous, and people are increasingly using their own mobile devices for work. While mobile technology might improve productivity and convenience, it also poses a severe security risk. According to CheckPoint’s Mobile Security Report 2021, nearly every firm (97 percent) was subjected to mobile threats last year, and 46% of those encountered at least one employee installing a malicious mobile app.
Cybercriminals and other threat actors see major mobile platforms as easy targets. It’s difficult to maintain security in a sea of third-party programmes on devices that are meant for simple communication. Information security professionals and IT departments are attempting to strike the proper balance in terms of mobile security, allowing employees enough freedom to get the most out of their devices without exposing them to too much risk.
Every company should have a plan in place to improve the security of their mobile devices. Fortunately, there are a few obvious places to begin.
Understanding The Art Of Smishing
Unlike Phishing, Smishing is an attack that uses short messages services or SMS, more commonly known as text messages to invade users data.
Unlike most email clients, cellphones do not have built-in spam filters, antivirus, or anti-smishing checks prior to receiving a text/SMS (short messaging service). Embedded URLs are not blocked or inspected by cell phone providers, allowing users to click on these false links, which might lead to disaster if they are connected.
By design, text/SMS messages are only weakly authenticated, meaning users can’t readily check the domain to confirm their identity. SMS messages from spoofed or borrowed/shared phone numbers are possible making it harder to track down the authenticity of an SMS text. The URL link is normally the tell-tale indicator of a smishing scam, but it’s usually hidden; malicious senders employ URL shortening services (like TinyURL or Bit.ly) to obscure the source.
Encourage your team to use a URL expander service to enlarge the URL first (like Urlex or ExpandURL). If you know what to look for, smishing attempts are easy to recognize. They should be ignored, deleted, or reported.
Ensure Constant Update And Patch Software on Enterprise Devices
New exploits and vulnerabilities are discovered on a regular basis, therefore it’s critical to keep every piece of software on mobile devices in your firm up to date.
It’s also critical to make sure that any mobile device management (MDM) software you employ are up to date in terms of security. When purchasing devices and selecting platforms or apps, the speed and efficiency of security upgrades should be taken into account.
Set A Clear Divide Between Work And Personal
The blurring of the lines between work and personal mobile devices complicates management. When security problems occur, it may be impossible to prohibit third-party apps, compel upgrades, or lock down devices if the business does not own the device in question. Consider how to separate work and personal apps, create clear regulations about how to use mobile devices for work, and use virtualization and secure mobile gateways to limit what can be downloaded to phones and other mobile devices.
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Mobile Security Report 2021 : Mobile Security Report 2021 by Check Point | Mobile Threat Defense | Check Point Software
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