Why SMBs Must Proactively Address the Threat of Mobile Hacks
Now, more than ever, cyber criminals are attacking SMBs (small- to medium-sized businesses). With so many workplaces implementing new bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies, cyber security is paramount. Yes, some companies are more knowledgeable about network security risks than in years past, just as many are oblivious the security vulnerabilities of cell phones and tablets.
Sadly, a data breach can bring an SMB to its knees.
Stop Cyber Criminals in Their Tracks
SMBs say they view network security as a major priority but their inaction when it comes to mobile devices paints a different picture. A recent study found that only 16% of SMBs have a mobility policy in place.
Despite the fact that stolen devices are a major problem in today’s mobile workforce, only 37% of mobility policies enforced today have a clear protocol outlined for lost devices.
Even more troubling is the fact that those firms who have implemented mobility policies have initiated plans with some very obvious flaws.
Key components of a mobility policy such as personal device use, public WiFi accessibility, and data transmission and storage are often omitted from many policies.
Thankfully, most SMB cyber crimes can be avoided with a comprehensive mobility policy and the help of mobile endpoint mobile device management services.
Acceptable/Unacceptable Mobility Policy Behaviors
Your initial mobility policy doesn’t have to be all encompassing. There should be room for modifications, as things will evolve over time. Start small by laying some basic usage ground rules, defining acceptable devices and protocols for setting passwords for devices and downloading third-party apps. Define what data belongs to the company and how it’s to be edited, saved, and shared. Be sure to enforce these policies and detail the repercussions for abuse.
Mobile Device Management Services
MDM services are available at an affordable cost. These services help IT managers identify and monitor the mobile devices accessing their network. This centralized management makes it easier to get each device configured for business access to securely share and update documents and content. MDM services proactively secure mobile devices by:
- Specifying password policy and enforcing encryption settings
- Detecting and restricting tampered devices
- Remotely locating, locking, and wiping out lost or stolen devices
- Removing corporate data from any system while leaving personal data intact
- Enabling real time diagnosis/resolution of device, user, or app issues
It’s important to realize that no one is immune to cybercrime. The ability to identify and combat imminent threats is critical and SMBs must be proactive in implementing solid practices that accomplish just that.
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