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5 ways that data security solutions can defend the mobile business

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IT decision makers are fully aware that their business will only be able to maintain its competitive edge if mobility is enabled and workers are allowed to work on a broad range of devices and apps from any location.

Such enablement, however, is directly related to the use of security products and policies. Here, we discuss the five ways that data security can help your mobile business to work effectively and securely, and the technology that can play a key role in data security,

1. Using policies to make mobility safe

Mobile technology can provide a huge productivity boost to workers. By also giving employees choice about the devices and applications they use, companies can help workers feel more confident about the move to mobility. However, enterprises cannot allow a switch to mobility to increase the security risk.

Great policies, particularly in terms of BYOD, are crucial. Research suggests half of businesses still have no defined BYOD policies. From rules around acceptable use to the ability to remotely wipe lost devices, your business must use tools and techniques to keep its crown jewels safe. If you feel knowledge is lacking, find a security partner with a track record in tried and tested deployments.

2. Protecting data on devices and in the field

Body Text ImageThe powerful combination of the cloud and mobile technology gives your workers more opportunities that ever before to stay productive from any location. Senior executives, however, are also rightly concerned that an increase in mobility can put information at risk. A misplaced or stolen device could be used to access sensitive data, putting your company and its customers at threat.

It doesn’t have to be like that. Just as the cyber threat continues to evolve, so does the technology to secure mobile data. Any company exploring enterprise mobility must also invest in encryption technologies. The best encryption tools protect data on desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones, as well as on external media and in public cloud storage.

3. Beating down the threat from malware and viruses

One misplaced click from a mobile worker can lead to huge problems in terms of the risks posed by malware and viruses. Hackers work tirelessly to get behind your defences and open your databases. Cyber criminals continually shift their techniques, with expert researchers suggesting that the volume of attacks on blue-chip enterprise numbers hundreds of thousands per minute.

Thankfully, there are data security solutions at your disposal that can help reduce the threat significantly. The most advanced threat protection tools, for example, will use artificial intelligence to stop 99 per cent and above of executable malware. These advanced tools also provide a great leap forwards when compared to traditional virus protection techniques.

4. Preventing errant access to data

The process surrounding the safe governing of identity can be a time consuming process for IT security staff. Help comes in the form of identity access management (IAM), which allows the business to take control of information integrity. From single sign-on to password management, users can use effective tools to help eliminate errant access to data.

Smart CIOs recognise the power of digital transformation is directly related to the need to keep online identities secure. As many as 93 per cent of European businesses plan to either maintain or increase spending on IAM technology during the next three years, according to Pierre Audoin Consultants.

5. Providing great performance all the time

You’ve got everything in place and your policies and tools are working well. However, no enterprise can afford to rest on its laurels. Analyst Gartner predicts worldwide spending on information security products and services will reach $81.6 billion in 2016, which is an increase of 7.9 per cent from last year.

IT leaders can ensure performance remains high by keeping a watchful eye on the ever-evolving nature of security risks. Threat management technologies should be used alongside analytics tools to ensure potential security risks are monitored in real time. With a proactive approach, your business can feel more assured that the right defences are in place.

To find out more about the future of mobile security, click here.

 


 

References:

BYOD policy research: http://themobileenterprise.asia/article/591618/byod-policies-behind-times-we-haven-t-seen-anything-yet/

Cyber criminal research: http://www.cnbc.com/2015/12/28/biggest-cybersecurity-threats-in-2016.html

PAC IAM research: http://www.itproportal.com/2016/05/20/identity-and-access-management-spending-to-increase/

 

Mark Samuels

Mark Samuels

Mark Samuels is a business journalist specialising in IT leadership issues. Formerly editor at CIO Connect and features editor of Computing, he has written for various organisations, including the Economist Intelligence Unit, Guardian Government Computing and Times Higher Education. Mark is also a contributor for CloudPro, ZDNetUK, TechRepublic, ITPro, Computer Weekly, CBR, Financial Director, Accountancy Age, Educause, Inform and CIONET. Mark has extensive experience in writing on the topic of how CIO’s use and adopt technology in business.

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