Mobile Enterprise Security
Because mobile devices are easily lost or stolen, data on those devices is vulnerable. Enterprise mobility management is a set of systems intended to prevent unauthorized access to enterprise applications and/or corporate data on mobile devices. These can include password protection, encryption and/or remote wipe technology, which allows an administrator to delete all data from a misplaced device. With many systems, security policies can be centrally managed and enforced. Such device management systems are programmed to support and cooperate with the application programming interfaces (APIs) from various device makers to increase security compliance.
The data transfer between mobile device and the enterprise should always be encrypted, for example through a VPN tunnel or over HTTPS.
Mobile devices in companies with "bring your own device" (BYOD) policies are often used both personally and professionally. In these cases, corporate IT has less control over whether malware is on the device and what damage may be caused to corporate data. Apart from careful user behavior - data storage on the mobile device should be limited and centrally organized.
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What is mobile security?
Mobile security refers to the set of technologies and practices that aim to protect mobile devices against operating system vulnerabilities, network and app attacks, or mobile malware. Technologies such as enterprise mobility management (EMM) solutions manage compliance policies and issues relating to device privilege or loss.
What are mobile security threats?
Mobile security threats are vulnerabilities or attacks that attempt to compromise your phone's operating system, internet connection, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections, or apps. Smartphones possess very different behaviors and capabilities compared to PCs or laptops and need to be equipped to detect attacks specific to mobile devices. Mobile devices contain unique functions and behaviors making traditional IT security solutions ineffective for securing mobile devices. One of the primary differences in how mobile devices are different from PCs and laptops is administration privileges. There are several administrators for a PC or laptop making it simple for corporate IT to install security software and monitor computers for problems. On mobile devices, the administration is handled by the device owner. The device owner is the only one that can install apps or allow other management profiles on the device. This means the burden of securing the mobile device and its data falls entirely on the user--who may not have the time or expertise to provide proper mobile device security.
Why is mobile security important?
Mobile security is very important since our mobile device is now our primary computing device. On average, users spend more than 5 hours each day on a mobile device conducting company and personal business. The shift in device usage habits has also moved the prime target for hackers from PCs to our mobile devices. Since mobile devices are now a prime target, we need to secure them and arm them with threat detection and malware protection just like PCs. Smartphones are able to circumvent traditional security controls, and typically represent a massive blind spot for IT and security teams. Hackers know this, which no doubt contributed to the number of smartphone attacks recorded between January and July 2016. The number of attacks nearly doubled compared to the last six months of 2015. During that same time period, smartphones accounted for 78% of all mobile network infections.
Which mobile security is best for enterprises?
There are a number of mobile security solutions available on the market, but identifying which mobile security is best for enterprises entails using specific criteria. As is often the case, solutions designed for consumers and end-users may not be as robust, full-featured, reliable and scalable as solutions designed specifically for the enterprise. In particular, mobile security solutions that are suitable for enterprise use should include scalability, autonomous functionality, machine learning, on-device operation, and protection from zero-day threats. Enterprises also need to consider flexible deployment models to take advantage of existing infrastructure or cloud computing environments.