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7 Ways to Boost Mobile Device Security for an Enterprise

Cybersecurity has always been a concern for businesses, but never has it been such a threat until recent years. Countless organizations and websites have been compromised, and it’s important that your enterprise doesn’t suffer an attack. 

This concern goes for mobile devices as well. As an increasing number of workplaces utilize mobile devices for their business, keeping track of your mobile device security is essential. 

Here are seven ways to boost your security and keep your information safe.

1. Monitor Your Network

If your business utilizes the internet, then that is one of the most important parts to keep track of to keep your information secure. 

You send contact information through your emails, transfer payments, record transactions, and more depending on what your service is. All it takes is one hacker piggybacking off your internet for everything you do to become public information. 

Your internet provider can warn you when those kinds of threats pop up, but it could very well be too little too late. Even your phone’s 5G network isn’t safe from attacks. 

According to an audit by Positive Technologies, attacks on standalone 5G networks can be performed from the international roaming network, the operator’s network, or partner networks. 

The best way to keep your network secure is to utilize Network Detection and Response (NDR) solutions to analyze mobile traffic and look for patterns. You should also encrypt any high-importance documentation that is being sent over the internet.

2. Two-Factor Authentication 2FA

Passwords have been a standard affair since the very first computer was released. Like any lock, a person should only be able to access the system if they know the code. 

However, hackers have developed programs that can try passwords a countless number of times until they crack it. That’s why when you set up an account on a website, you’ll often see it rate your password from weak to strong. 

If your password is too weak, then the program can more easily figure it out. 

Even assuming you make a more complex password, it’s still possible for a hacker to access your information. Use that same password on multiple websites and your entire internet history is now at risk.

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) has become the most popular way to solve this problem.

Instead of requiring only a password, MFA requires you also perform a supplementary task, such as type in a pin sent directly to your phone. Or you might have to use your fingerprint in addition to the password, preventing someone from hacking your device remotely. 

3. Enterprise Password Management

Enterprise password management refers to software that helps consolidate your different passwords, making everything much easier and more secure for users.

When your everyday internet or program use requires multiple passwords, most people tend to pick the simplest one and use them for all their programs. While that makes it easier to remember, it also makes your overall internet presence more easily hacked. 

A password manager for business will use military-grade encryption software and unique user keys to allow a single-click login and logout without compromising your security.

4. Centralize Your App Usage

One look at your phone’s app store is enough to see the hundreds of productivity apps available. There’s one that can be used for every facet of your enterprise, but there’s a danger in spreading your workflow across too many apps.

For one, as mentioned before, if you use the same passwords on multiple apps, then if one gets hacked they all get hacked. And managing multiple passwords can be tedious.

Your best option is to find an online service that does many things at once. Failing that, you can utilize LogMeOnce to help connect those different apps under a single click login. 

5. Mobile Device Security Programs

When securing your enterprise, you also have to consider the fact that mobile device security doesn’t start and stop at the workplace. When employees take them home, you can’t monitor their network. 

Luckily, there are security programs recommended by network providers for mobile devices. These allow an extra level of security when accessing websites, downloading apps, and usually provide password protection. 

You can also mitigate risks by routinely wiping mobile devices that are issued out by your company or even prohibiting employees from taking them home. 

6. Limit Their Use

Modern mobile devices are very powerful and easy to take with you on your travels. You can send important emails through your phone and hold meetings over your tablet. 

However, working off of too many different devices opens you up to attacks because it makes it harder for you to manage threats.

Additionally, if you’re using a mobile device, you’re likely not in the security of your workplace, using your internet. A public network is useful and convenient, but not secure, even if it’s the one you pay for at home. 

7. Educate Your Staff

Arguably the most important and overlooked step for mobile device security is educating your staff

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cybercrime has increased by up to 600%.

Over the past ten years, the total number of malware infections has risen from 12.4 million to over 800 million. Most of them were delivered by email. 

These threats are constantly updating and getting more dangerous, and so are the security systems that are made to combat them. A yearly training session won’t be enough.

Continuous education, such as phishing simulations, will help keep your employees prepared for all types of scams that go around. 

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While these tips will help you enhance your mobile device security, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. A centralized access management system will make sure your employees can access your systems easily without compromising on security. 

Sign up for a free 14-day trial today for your enterprise and see what we have to offer.

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