Three Critical Steps To Protecting Your Business From Mobile Malware

Three Critical Steps To Protecting Your Business From Mobile Malware

 

Mobile malware is on the rise. According to a recent Kaspersky survey, malicious software targeted at mobile devices increased by nearly 1.7 times between Q1 and Q2 2016. It’s an upward trend that shows no signs of slowing – and if you haven’t adjusted to it yet, it’s long past time that you do.

Smartphones have, after all, become ubiquitous in enterprise. Everybody uses them, even if you think they don’t. If you get complacent and fail to secure them, you will eventually suffer a breach.

It’s not a question of if – it’s a question of when.

MDM, MAM, and MCM

Standing for Mobile Device Management, Mobile Application Management, and Mobile Content Management respectively, these three abbreviations are the trifecta of mobile security. Make sure you seek an enterprise mobility management solution that offers all three in equal measure. You’ll need MDM to keep track of employee devices and take action if they’re lost or stolen, MAM for app containerization, and MCM to protect sensitive files.,

Look At Your Mobile OS

97% of malware targets Android, owing, perhaps, to its vast popularity (and the ease with which malware can be distributed on the OS). It may be worth considering making the switch over to iOS within your organization – or at the very least, looking for a version of Android that can’t be rooted or modified by a third party.

Work With Your Users – Not Against Them

Last, but certainly not least, talk to your users. Find out what solutions they use, and what they need to get their jobs done. Don’t try to fight them – if you do, you’ll lose. Users are more empowered than ever, and they will find a way to work the way they want to, no matter what lengths you go to stop them.

 

Instead, look at this as a collaborative effort, a cooperative pursuit of mobile security.

Closing Thoughts

Mobile security isn’t something enterprises can ignore – not anymore, at least. As an administrator, it already falls to you to manage and secure the rest of your business’s infrastructure. You’re going to need to get used to taking care of mobility, as well.

Or at least taking care of it until your business hires someone specifically for the job.  Don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance.  We’d be happy to assess your situation and offer real solutions.

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