Securing the mobile enterprise: 5 best practices

Now that cybercriminals are focusing their efforts on enterprise mobility, it's time to ensure the security of your company's strategy.

As employees become more mobile and businesses seek to support these practices with new strategies and technologies, the risks incurred by the company only increase. The mobile platform and everything that comes with it – including mobile applications, cloud access and other activities – help ensure productivity while supporting a remote workforce, but these approaches can also be introducing your employees and your enterprise to a wider range of threats.

Now that cybercriminals are focusing their efforts on enterprise mobility, it's time to ensure the security of your company's strategy. Here are a few protection best practices that should be in place within your organization:

1) Make sure mobile devices have the right protection software

Whether your staff members are utilizing their own mobile devices or endpoints that you've provided for them, they should be armed with security software like mobile antimalware. Hackers are increasingly creating malicious programs that target mobile devices, and it's essential that employee devices are guarded against these infections.

Access controls are important for mobile security. Access controls are important for mobile security.

2) Support secure access

One of the first lines of defense against malicious actors are the authentication credentials your employees utilize to access sensitive information and company-owned software. Each staff member should have unique usernames and strong passwords that aren't easy to guess.

3) Encrypt mobile communication

CIO contributor Ed Tittel recommended using encryption to secure all communications taking place on any mobile platform. This includes, especially, mobile unified communications tools leveraged by everyone in the company.

"It's important to have a mobile security policy in place."

"[A]ll mobile device communications [should] be encrypted as a matter of course, simply because wireless communications are so easy to intercept and snoop on," Tittel pointed out.

4) Define your company's policy and audit it often

It's important to have a mobile security policy in place within your organization to ensure that every employee understands their responsibilities and are utilizing the same practices to prevent cyberthreats. What's more, ITWorldCanada contributor Ryan Patrick suggested carrying out security audits on a regular basis to help guarantee that the policy is being followed.

5) Prevent Shadow IT

Shadow IT – or the practice of employees using applications and other mobile software not approved by the company's IT team – can have devastating effects when it comes to a business security. It's important that your technology admins create a clear policy about which applications employees are allowed to use and which could put the business's mobility strategy at risk. Patrick pointed out that this is especially important within enterprises that support BYOD, as administrators have less control over each mobile device accessing company assets.