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7 Facts About Mobile Security Your Business Should Know

Dec 6, 2016 10:22:53 AM / by Sung Cho

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We all know there are some real vultures out there. Every time the good guys come up with a new way to protect us, they swoop in and immediately find a counter attack. No one is invincible to their game. 56% of the top 100 paid apps for Apple IOS have been hacked. The fact that the average person carries most of their life around in their mobile device makes that number incredibly daunting.

Hackers are working non-stop tap into the apps that consist of the most user information to implant malware. If you don't have a sufficient security system set up, you’re risking the chance of major financial loss, a damaged reputation, and even possible legal issues. In order to secure your valuable goods, you're going to have to build multiple walls around them.

This way hackers have to go through a much more complicated maze to get to the center of what they’re looking for. As you and your employees are moving and out of protected areas, you want to be sure that you have a solid understanding of the best practices that will protect your stuff.

Facts & Practices

Whether you are working to protect private information or learn a few new tricks and competitive advantages, this list will be helpful to you. These facts will give you the guidance you need to reduce the risk of any hackers coming in and imposing extensive harm to your company or organization.

1. Carry out regular security audits and forgo penetration testing.

There are security testing firms available for hire that can audit your mobile security and carry out a penetration test. This is done by analyzing the device for security weaknesses, testing if access to sensitive data is possible, attempting to subvert system controls, and carry out any other attempts a hacker might make. Depending on your organization, they can do more extensive testing appropriate to that environment. These firms can also help solve any issues they happen to discover during testing.

2. Create separate mobile gateways.

By organizing the different ways your employees use to access the information they need, you will keep mobile traffic contained and focused only on the platforms they're supposed to be dealing with. This will keep them from wandering off into sensitive territory that they shouldn't be accessing and keep them focused on legitimate work.

3. Control third-party software.

If your company provides mobile devices to employees you should have policies that don’t allow third-party software. It’s a good idea to create a list of apps that are allowed and ones that should never be used.

4. Require necessary authentication and put passwords in place.

You should have multiple forms of authentication for all employees as a simple account and password is incredibly easy for a hacker to crack these days.

5. The device should have anti-malware software.

This software will be your ultimate defense against malware and keep you in constant awareness of your protection. This way you can be immediately notified if someone is attempting to hack into your system. Depending on your provider this may be unnecessary, but they should offer an alternative if that is the case.

6. Choose mobile devices that are secure.

The device should already be specifically configured to protect your information and avoid unsecured content. Bluetooth should always be disabled when it is not being used as it basically provides an open door to the device.

7. Have security set immediately.

If you launch an app before you are sure it is patched, you have provided hackers the small window they need to tap into your information. Constantly ensure that your security system is updated, if it is out of date that could provide a window for hackers as well.

Take Control

As the repercussions can be catastrophic, there is simply no room for error when it comes to mobile app security. It is essential that you take every possible step to prepare adequately and keep up the proper maintenance necessary. You are responsible for the protection of your employees and the reputation of your business.

If you aren’t careful, you could be taken advantage of by someone right under your nose. When it comes to business, you cannot risk trusting anyone, and it never hurts to be too safe.

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Topics: Security Threats, Mobile Security

Sung Cho

Written by Sung Cho

VP, Growth & Strategy