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How to Better Protect Your Business from Mobile Threats?

The presence of mobile devices has become common not just personally but also professionally. Many organizations have BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies in which employees are allowed or even encouraged to use their own personal mobile devices at work. In consequence, many of these BYODs are able to access corporate networks and sensitive data. Those devices might not be as protected as company-owned devices and this exposes the sensitive data to cyber risks.

Mobile devices can open to different types of cyber threats, including increased attack surface.  The increased number of cloud services accessible on a mobile device can trigger more ways to exfiltrate data or access sensitive information. As using BYODs at work, mobile device users can easily blend together personal and professional contacts and other information. As a result, they may make mistakes such as sending sensitive data to the wrong person or posting confidential material to a social network. 

These are a few measures to help your organization protect itself against cyber threats from mobile devices.

  1. Limit use. One of the most effective ways to secure your business is to limit the use of mobile devices in sensitive business locations.
  2. Monitor your network. Make sure to monitor and analyze mobile device traffic for inbound, outbound, and interoffice communication activity associated with threats.
  3. Check BYOD policies. Ensure your BYOD policies are tight enough to give you peace of mind. They should reflect a clear understanding of what types of apps are not allowed organizationally and what usages are permitted (e.g. transferring company files from approved cloud storage to unapproved cloud storage).
  4. Mobile device management. Enrol the solution which allows policy implementation on mobile devices to enable lockdown devices, whitelist applications, and ensure VPN access.
  5. Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). A security system that verifies a mobile device user’s identity by requiring multiple credentials.
  6. User education. Threat actors continuously update and enhance their attacks, so continuous education (including phishing simulations) can go a long way toward keeping security top of mind for employees.

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