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10 Things I Know About… Mobile Security

By Michelle Drolet
5 Aug 2013

10. Malware Is On The Rise

The threat of malware on mobile platforms is growing steadily as more cybercriminals target mobile devices in increasingly sophisticated ways.

9. BYOD Is A Challenge

There are obvious benefits to the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend, but it also creates IT challenges and exposes your company to new threats.

8. Choose Devices Carefully

Not all devices and platforms are created equal. Some are more secure than others.

7. Choose Apps Carefully

Don’t blindly trust third-party apps to meet your security standards and requirements. You are responsible for ensuring compliance, so do your homework.

6. Use Encryption

Encryption should be mandatory for your data that’s in transit. Consider encrypting in the cloud as well if you want to ensure no exposure risk.

5. Require Authentication

Without authentication, a lost mobile device serves as the keys to your kingdom, and anyone who finds it can gain entry to everything.

4. Control Connectivity

Your file servers may be safe and secure behind a firewall, but it’s all for nothing if mobile devices share files on unsecure public Wi-Fi networks or via Bluetooth.

3. Maintain An Audit Trail

Ensure that every point of entry is identified and every action creates a trail that can be clearly followed. You must see the flow of data in order to protect it.

2. Test Your Defenses

You can spend millions on a mobile security system, but how do you know it works if you never put it to the test? Get third-party experts without prior knowledge of the system to try and break it.

1. Enforce Mobile Device Policies

You can have the best mobile device management policy, but if you don’t monitor, test and enforce it, then it’s useless.