It appears that everyone in the 21st century has a smartphone. It doesn’t matter if it’s Apple or Android, old or brand new – the usage of mobile phone users has hit a tremendous level and doesn’t appear to be declining anytime soon.
As a business leader, it’s your job to take the proper steps to ensure your organization, and likewise your staff, keeps sensitive data secure. Most organizations have robust, or at least present, cybersecurity measures in place to ensure their computers don’t get hacked – but phones? That’s a whole different beast.
A smartphone in the hand of an underprepared employee is just as dangerous as a phishing scam making its way through your email. Here’s how to help fix that.
If you’re paying for your employees to have smartphones, it’s not unrealistic to limit what those phones can do. While you want to ensure you’re not limiting their access to do their job correctly and efficiently, you can make sure they’re not downloading data-leaking third party apps for personal use.
It’s incredible how much data is taken from seemingly-innocent apps, and with cybercrime on the rise across the world, it means securing your apps is more important than ever before. By allowing only a set amount or approved applications onto your employee’s business-provided devices, you can help lock down the data leakage of suspicious apps and prevent an employee’s mobile phone from becoming a data hotspot for hackers.
Use Smart Email Practices
Just like with desktop email, smartphone email needs to be taken seriously. Phishing scams have ravaged businesses of all sizes and markets, and with email more easily accessible than ever before, they still remain a massive threat.
Proper training of your staff is the most important key to improving email security. Make sure your staff understands they need to be wary of suspicious emails, should never click on suspicious links, and need to keep confidential data confidential – especially if they’re answering emails on their phone.
Lock Those Phones Down
If you have a newer smartphone, there’s a good chance you have some kind of biometric security. Older phones would rely on solely PIN access to get into the device, which could be easily shared or discovered, but biometric options offer a new level of security. Fingerprint sensors and facial recognition are two of the most common features in newer phone security – and requiring them on sign in for your company-owned phones means no one except the desired employee is going to gain access to that phone’s sensitive data.
Technology keeps evolving, which means every day hackers find new ways to get your data – and cybersecurity specialists are coming up with new tactics to thwart them. As more employees continue to complete functions on their mobile devices, mobile device security is becoming a massive threat to organizations. Training your employees on proper security practices, and ensuring their devices are technologically locked down is a necessary step in the digital age.
This may seem like a lot for a business, especially a small business, to take on. That’s why working with an IT consultant like NENs is the best way to ensure your data is safe – whether it’s in house or shared across mobile devices. Give us a call or stop by our office to learn how we can help increase your organization’s mobile security. Oh, and don’t click on any fishy email links in the meantime.